Chief Warrant Officer 4 Weldon
C. Hamilton, USAF (ret.) “fought in the battle of Bataan, was taken prisoner on April 9, 1942, and made the infamous
Death March where more than 10,000 men died. He was held in the Philippines for more than two years, first in Camp O'Donnell,
where more than 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.”
Weldon C. Hamilton is the author of Late Summer of 1941 and My War with Japan.
According to one reader
of Late Summer of 1941 and My War with Japan, “All the more impressive because the author
is not a polished writer. He merely recounts the most astounding events as if he just happened to be taking a walk. This
book brought me to tears, when I realized what our soldiers went through. He talks about beatings and bombings and life in
Japanese POW camps, and it sounds like you are there. Somehow all the documentaries I've seen and all the books I read
never made me understand what it was REALLY like.
I highly recommend this book as a first person account for anyone who wants to know the truth about
being a POW in Japan, and the Bataan Death March.”