Latham is the son of Bill and Mary Pat Latham, publishers of The Clermont Sun. He attended Batavia schools, and worked summers as a reporter for the family newspaper.
After graduation from St. Xavier High School and Georgetown University, he became a career Army officer, serving as a helicopter pilot during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, and later as an English professor and speech writer for the commandant at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
His book, “Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea” was 12 years in the making.
In 2000, Latham met several former prisoners at a survivors reunion at West Point, and decided to record their stories. He continued interviewing former prisoners, did extensive research on the history of the Korean War and assembled the material into a book.
Cold Days in Hell has received a warm response from reviewers. Robert C. Doyle, professor of history at Franciscan University of Steubenville and a leading expert on the treatment of enemy combatants and prisoners of war, writes:
“The writing is outstanding in form and content. When Latham describes the battles, captures, long marches, prison camps, it feels as if I actually was there…reads more like a work of literature than a work of history…exciting from beginning to end….superbly researched…excellent primary and secondary sources……a wonderful contribution to American military history.”
Lewis H. Carlson, author of “Remembered: Prisoners of a Forgotten War”, comments: “For too long, the Korean War in general and its POWs in particular have received scant attention, and what has emerged has distorted the experience of American POWs, often for political reasons. Latham’s
“Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea” will lead among those attempting to square the record.”
Latham retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel in 2006, and now is a course director at the U.S. Army Logistics University, Ft. Lee, Va. His book is available at Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble bookstores.