Award winning journalist and author Jack Hamann will speak of journalism’s power to expose truth and bring about justice at a special discussion at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.
The event will be held at noon Feb. 19 in the Cascade building, room 332. The event is free and open to the public.
Hamann is the author of “On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII.” This award-winning book chronicles Hamann’s investigation into the 1944 lynching death of an Italian prisoner of war at Fort Lawton in Seattle. Under pressure to convict the soldier’s killers, the War Department convened a criminal trial, charging three African American soldiers with murder and lynching. Forty other black soldiers were charged with rioting for allegedly storming the barracks where the Italian war prisoners were housed. Twenty-eight soldiers served time in prison.
Hamann’s investigation into the case uncovered secret government documents and other evidence that proved the black soldiers were innocent. His book on the case was directly responsible for a 2007 decision by the US Army Board for Correction of Military Records to overturn the convictions of all 28 men jailed in 1944. A year later, former Pres. George W. Bush signed legislation mandating that the surviving defendants, or their estates, receive back pay plus compound interest.
Hamann has been a journalist for more than 28 years, and worked a decade as a network correspondent and documentary producer for CNN and PBS. He has won numerous awards, including 10 regional Emmy awards. He lives in Seattle.
Hamann’s visit to Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is part of the ongoing Roland Weis History Lecture Series. For more information on the Hamann visit or any other speakers in the series, contact Randy Leifson at (253) 964-6734.Print This Post