Dan Hampton, pilot and military aviation expert, has a new book being released May 3 by St. Martin’s Press, Valor: The Astonishing World War II Saga of One Man’s Defiance and Indomitable Spirit.
Valor is the true story of Lt. Col. Bill Harris’ life and military career. Ordered to surrender to the Japanese in the Philippines, Harris was immediately and brutally mistreated. He hatched a daring escape plan, barely avoiding the Bataan Death March.Hampton records perils Harris encounters as he tries to escape the Philippines and rejoin the Marines, including sharks, natives loyal to the Japanese, recapture, and surviving in a POW camp.
Hampton has done academic-quality research to preserve Harris’ story, with an impressive bibliography. Besides dozens of historical books, Hampton accessed Harris’ personal correspondence and exchanged phone calls and emails with survivors of Harris’ family.
This isn’t some dusty tome; there’s plenty of action, a dash of romance, and loads of inspiration in reading about Harris’ experience. Available for pre-order now from Amazon.