Title: Late Summer of 1941 and My War with Japan
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition..
Book Type: book
Personal account of an American fighter pilot assigned to the 34th Pursuit Squadron based at Del Carmen Field. Arriving in Manila in November 1941, he describes life in Manila before the war, conditions at Del Carmen Field, the start of war, combat in Bataan, particularly in Aglaloma Point. He describes the fall of Bataan, the Death March, POW life in Camp O’Donnell, Cabanatuan, Bilibid, Hell ship (Matti Matti Maru, they called it), and forced labor in Japan. His decorations include The Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters and the Bronze Star. Dedicated by the author: "I am happy to share my personal bit of World War II history with you. Weldon Hamilton 34th Pursuit Squadron." Size: 5½" - 8½" 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 273371
Synopsis: Viewed through a prism of wonder and enlightenment, Weldon Hamilton's telling of his story gives new meaning to the word, unique. His refusal to damn his captors for the horrors they inflicted; to travel as an observer of himself and the fallen to the end of their together journey; to remain the boy from Kansas destined to experience the ultimate adventure thrust upon him for unknown reasons by unknown forces, is truly UNIQUE. Sometimes naive, sometimes joyful, often in despair, and most times disappointed in his fellow man, Weldon Hamilton remained skeptical and perplexed, yet hopeful and expectant of one fine day being delivered from a real time, real life Dante's Inferno. Oren Hays - A Friend
About the Author: Weldon C. Hamilton fought in the battle of Bataan, was taken prisoner on April 9, 1942 and made the infamous Death March where over 10,000 men died. He was held in the Philippines for over two years, first in Camp O'Donnell, where over 25,000 men died in less than two months. Two years later he was taken to Japan on one of the notorious "Hell Ships", and was 30 miles from Nagasaki where he witnessed the Atomic Bomb. He retired from the Air Force as a Chief Warrant Officer CWO-4 in 1969. His decorations include The Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters and the Bronze Star.
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