Welcome from the President of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization and the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization is sad to announce that longtime MBDO Board Member Estrella Alamar passed away on October 23, 2022. The Board is thankful for her important service and the giving of her time to ensure that the Filipino community in the Chicagoland area was aware of our efforts to celebrate and remember all of the heroes of Bataan and Corregidor....
The Board of Directors of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization is sad to announce that longtime MBDO Board Member Estrella Alamar passed away on October 23, 2022.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this year's Maywood Bataan Day celebration has been cancelled. We look forward to next year's Bataan Day Memorial on September 10' 2023.
This evening, we received information that Pat Besaw, longtime Board member and Secretary of the MBDO has passed away. We offer our condolences to her friends and family on the loss of Pat. May God bless her and her loved ones in this time of grief. More details as we receive them.
This evening, we received information that Pat Besaw, longtime Board member and Secretary of the MBDO has passed away. We offer our condolences to her friends and family on the loss of Pat. May God bless her and her loved ones in this time of grief. More details as we receive them.
The MBDO wishes to thank Mindy Kotler for her unceasing efforts to immortalize the legacy of the heroes of Bataan and Corregidor. Her most recent efforts resulted in the following statement presented by Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Please read her statement, presented on the floor of the Senate, as she details the heroism of the men of Maywood in the war that began that same day in the Philippines....
12/7/2021 - Sen. Duckworth remembers the men of Maywood and the Bataan Death March.
Something made me recall the memory of Lucille Wallingsford Sylvester. In 2008, Pastor Eliot Winbush told us the story of how Lucille, living in Maywood during WWII, was inspired by the epic heroism of the men of the 192nd Tank Battalion to write a tribute to those men. Lucille, born in 1917, was 91 when she performed her song live for us at Bataan Day 2008....
Something made me recall the memory of Lucille Wallingsford Sylvester. In 2008, Pastor Eliot Winbush told us the story of how Lucille, living in Maywood during WWII, was inspired by the epic heroism of the men of the 192nd Tank Battalion to write a tribute to those men. Lucille, born in 1917, was 91...
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Board of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization has decided to postpone this year's event until September 11, 2022. At that time, we will mark the 80th anniversary of the first Maywood Bataan Day. Please stay safe. We look forward to seeing all of our friends next year! Attached is an official press release. Feel free to download and share this. MBDO Press Release 2021
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Board of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization has decided to postpone this year’s event until September 11, 2022. At that time, we will mark the 80th anniversary of the first Maywood Bataan Day. Please stay safe. We look forward to seeing all of our frie...
President Richard McMahon and the rest of the Board of Directors are proud to welcome Kimyada Wellington to the Maywood Bataan Day Organization board of Directors. Kimyada brings several years of public service as a Village of Maywood Trustee to the board and is proud to have served our state and country as a member of the Illinois National Guard for more than 20 years.... https://mbdo.org/new-board-member-kimyada-wellington/
President Richard McMahon and the rest of the Board of Directors are proud to welcome Kimyada Wellington to the Maywood Bataan Day Organization board of Directors. Kimyada brings several years of public service as a Village of Maywood Trustee to the board and is proud to have served our state and co...
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The annual Memorial service will return on Sept. 12, 2021.
IN HONOR OF MAYWOOD BATAAN DAY AND NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY ______ HON. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois in the house of representatives Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Mr. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois. Madam Speaker, today I rise to tell my colleagues during this week that ends with National POW/MIA Recognition Day about my district's 78-year old Maywood Bataan Memorial Day tradition. [ 370 more words ] https://mbdo.org/rep-danny-davis-honors-mbdo-in-congress/
IN HONOR OF MAYWOOD BATAAN DAY AND NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY ______ HON. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois in the house of representatives Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Mr. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois. Madam Speaker, today I rise to tell my colleagues during this week that ends with National PO...
Rep. Danny Davis (IL) spoke of the work of the MBDO in Congress this past Wednesday. Here is the text of his remarks.
IN HONOR OF MAYWOOD BATAAN DAY AND NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY
HON. DANNY K. DAVIS
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Mr. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois. Madam Speaker, today I rise to tell my colleagues during this week that ends with National POW/MIA Recognition Day about my district's 78-year old Maywood Bataan Memorial Day tradition. This service honors the men from the village of Maywood, Illinois who became prisoners of war after fighting from December 7, 1941 to April 9, 1942 against invading Imperial Japanese forces in the
The men of Maywood were members of Company B of the federated Illinois National Guard 33rd Tank Company, 33rd Infantry Division based at the town's Armory. On November 25, 1940, they became part of the 192nd Tank Battalion of the U.S. Army. In October 1941, 89 men from Company "B" left the United States for the Philippine Islands. They arrived in the Philippine Islands on November 20, 1941--Thanksgiving Day. On December 8, the war started and the Japanese attacked.
These Illinois tankers fought valiantly on the Bataan Peninsula with little food, medicine, fuel, or ammunition. Relief from the United States never came. Malaria, scurvy, and dysentery reached epidemic proportions. On April 9, 1942, Bataan was surrendered. The following day, some 85,000 American and Filipino soldiers, as Japanese captives, all became victims of the greatest atrocity of the Pacific War: the Bataan Death March. A seemingly endless line of sick and starving men began their 85 mile trip up from the tip of Bataan to Camp O'Donnell in central Luzon. More than 12,000 died en route.
Survivors of the March endured three and a half years of death camps, brutal labor, and untold abuse. Many were taken to Japan aboard hell ships to be slave laborers for Japanese companies. Of the more than
10,000 Americans taken prisoner on Bataan, between 6,000 and 7,000 died. Of the 89 men of Company ``B'' who left the U.S. in 1941, only 43 would return from the war.
This is the first year that the Memorial, which was scheduled for September 13, has had to be postponed. I ask my fellow representatives to join me in commending the hard work and dedication of Maywood Bataan Day Organization President Col. Richard A. McMahon, Jr. and his Board of Directors. And on this Friday, September 18, National POW/MIA Recognition Day may we all pause to remember the men and women of Bataan who gave so much in the fight against tyranny.
The Board of Directors of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization asks everyone to join them today in a moment of silence to honor the service and sacrifice of the men of Co. B of the 192nd Tank Battalion from Maywood, Illinois. We also ask everyone to take time today to remember all those men and women who have put themselves in harm's way to protect our Freedom.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year on the second Sunday in September when we will again Remember Bataan!
May God bless America!
Here is a selection of videos from previous Maywood Bataan Day parades and memorial services.
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Due to the pandemic, this year's Maywood Bataan Day has been delayed until 2021. In the absence of an official memorial service, the Directors of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization recommend that interested persons might want to revisit some prior Bataan Days through our extensive archives available here on our website. In particular, we recommend the following posts: Bataan Day Origins… [ 90 more words ] https://mbdo.org/recommended-reading-on-bataan-day/
Recommended posts and page to visit to remember Bataan Day
A village tradition since 1942, the annual Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service, scheduled for September 13, 2020, has been postponed until the second Sunday in 2021. Maywood Bataan Day Organization President Richard A. McMahon and the MBDO Board of Directors notified the Village of Maywood this past week that due to the restrictions on gatherings caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and in an abundance of caution for the citizens of Maywood, the event would not be held as planned. [ 166 more words ] https://mbdo.org/2020-bataan-day-postponed-until-2021/
“It is our solemn duty, our promise to these heroes, that we remember their service and sacrifice,” President McMahon said. “They gave all they had. For that, we promised them immortality in our thoughts and prayers.”
Recently, the Maywood Bataan Day Organization Board of Directors informed the Village of Maywood that due to the pandemic, we would not be having a public memorial ceremony this year. While this is not the first time that the ceremony was no observed on the second Sunday of September, it is the first time the MBDO has not held that memorial service.
However, the fact remains that on September 8, 2020 it will be the 78th Anniversary of the first Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service held in Maywood, Illinois, on September 13, 1942. Each year, this event, one of the last true World War II memorial services in the Chicago area, draws several hundred spectators to solemnly keep the vow made on that first Bataan Day in 1942: "Remember Bataan!"
So we ask each of you, whether you are a family member, a resident of Maywood, or just a person familiar with the story of Maywood and Bataan - we ask that you take time on the second Sunday of September to reflect again on the tremendous sacrifice made by the men of Co. B, 192nd Tank Battalion, in the early days of World War II. And we also ask you to remember the many, many soldiers who did not return, and who lie still today in the battlefields of Bataan.
To assist you in remembering, we will be sharing some archival videos, as well as photos, from our events and other sources.
Thank you for your support! We look forward to the 2021 Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service on 12 September 2021.
Here is a complete Bataan Day video from 2013. We apologize or the poor quality of the video, it was an early attempt to live stream the event. The audio is fine, however.
http://mbdo.org Video from the 2013 annual Maywood Bataan Day ceremony in Maywood, IL. For more information about Maywood Bataan Day, or the men of CO. B of ...
It's unclear how long we've had this site up and running, but online archives date us back to February 2008. Recently, we've updated this website yet again to allow those using smartphones to get a better view of the information online. We appreciate the continued support of our readers and welcome your comments and concerns about this site. Steve Gibson Website Editor and designer https://mbdo.org/website-update-mbdo-3-0/
It’s unclear how long we’ve had this site up and running, but online archives date us back to February 2008. Recently, we’ve updated this website yet again to allow those using smartphones to get a better view of the information online. We appreciate the continued support of our readers and we...
The new and improved Maywood Bataan Day Organization website is now live. The biggest improvement is related to viewing the site on smartphones and tablets. We think you'll find it a lot more useable. If you have comments, please feel free to post them here, or send us a message. Thank you for your support!
We just received the following transcript of the newsletter from the 1964 Bataan Reunion held on September 11 – 13, 1964. Unfortunately, 1964 is one of the years that we have no photos from the event. If you do have any photos or other artifacts, we would be most grateful if you would share those ...
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Thank you to all of those who braved the elements this past weekend and attended the 77th Anniversary of Maywood Bataan Day in Maywood, Illinois. You honor us with your presence and we thank you for helping us preserve the memory of those who served in WWII to keep us free.
Here are some audio excerpts from this year's event.
Mark your calendars - the 78th annual Maywood Bataan Day will be the second Sunday in September!
Here are some audio excerpts from this year’s Bataan Day in Maywood, Illinois. Opening remarks by Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins Guest Speaker Philippine Consul General of Chicago, Dr. Gina A. Jamoralin Keynote address as delivered by State Command Sergeant Major Sean P. Carney of the Illinois Army...
77th Annual Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service this Sunday, September 8, 2019. Program begins with a special concert of military music at 2:30PM - rain or shine!
In case of inclement weather, please check this site or our website for more information.
Click these links to download the Maywood Bataan Day booklet and programme for the event scheduled Sunday, 8 September 2019 at 2:30pm at the Veterans Memorial Park in Maywood, IL at the coner of 1st and Oak Avenues in Maywood. 2019 Maywood Bataan Day Booklet 2019 Maywood Bataan Day Programme
The award-winning Bataan Project website, first created as a Proviso East High School project, has been updated and is now under the full-time management of Jim Opolony. For lots of additional information about the men of the 192nd Tank Battalion, including Co. B from Maywood, please visit the Batan Project at https://BataanProject.com
Pvt. Robert H. BrooksCo. D, 192nd Tank Battalion. Home: Sadieville, Kentucky.
Our keynote speaker this year at the 77th Annual Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service will Command Sergeant Major Sean P. Carney, of the Illinois National Guard. Command Sergeant Major Sean P. Carney is the State Command Sergeant Major for the Illinois Army National Guard, which consists of 10,000 citizen-Soldiers. He leads and mentors the noncommissioned officer corps and is responsible for all areas influencing enlisted members including training, discipline, morale, and well-being.
CSM Carney enlisted in the Army in 1987 as a Cavalry Scout. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. CSM Carney has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II from 2003 to 2005 and again with the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team as part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VIII in 2008 to 2009. CSM Carney served as both Camp Phoenix garrison command sergeant major and the 634th Logistics Task Force command sergeant major. He has been a Command Sergeant Major since 2007.
Please see our event page for more information about this special event, to be held on September 8th at 2:30PM at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park in Maywood, Illinois.
Somewhere along the way, we had misplaced our Bataan Day 2004 gallery of photos. We’re happy to say we have found those photos and they are now posted in our GAllery section — linked above. You can also go directly to the gallery page by clicking here. Also see
Exciting information about MBDO Treasurer Edward Brotonel - more information on the MBDO website:
We were excited to hear that MBDO Treasurer, Edward Brotonel was recognized by the Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and awarded the 2018 Presidential “Pamana ng Pilipino Award” last December 5, 2018, at The Malacanan Palace. The “Pamana ng Pilipino Award” is conferred on Filipinos ov...
Our very own VP Edwin H. Walker, IV, is featured in a wonderful story in the Maywood Chamber of Commerce 2018 Community Guide. Please take the time to download and read this tremendous biography of Maj. Walker, which appears on page 10 of the guide. Click here to read the article. Thank you to Dan Perkins for this great article. https://mbdo.org/a-life-dedicated-to-service/
Major EdwinH. Walker, IV, as a US Marine Our very own VP Edwin H. Walker, IV, is featured in a wonderful story in the Maywood Chamber of Commerce 2018 Community Guide. Please take the time to download and read this tremendous biography of Maj. Walker, which appears on page 10 of the guide. Click her...
Maywood Bataan Day Organization (MBDO) thanks Robert Hudson, Vice President, FAME (Filipino American Memorial Endowment), Consultant to & Member Bataan WW2 Museum, for these photos. MBDO also thanks MBDO Director Steve Gibson for creating this Gallery. To view the gallery, click here or go to GALLERY > PHILIPPINE EVENTS ALBUM in the menu bar above. https://mbdo.org/veterans-day-at-mac-2018-photos-posted/
Maywood Bataan Day Organization (MBDO) thanks Robert L. Hudson, Vice President, FAME (Filipino American Memorial Endowment), Consultant to & Member Bataan WW2 Museum, for these photos. MBDO also thanks MBDO Director Steve Gibson for creating this Gallery. To view the gallery, click here or go to GAL...
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The Origins of Maywood's Bataan Day and The Maywood Bataan Day Organization
They were barely more than kids, only in their teens and early twenties. Their buddies from Proviso High School called them "Weekend Warriors". They were members of the 33rd Tank Company, 33rd Infantry Division of the Illinois National Guard based at the Armory in Maywood, Illinois. In September 1940, the Draft Act had been passed and selected National Guard Units were called into active duty to prepare for the possibility of entering the war in Europe. The 33rd Tank Company was organized May 3, 1929 at Maywood, Illinois and was inducted into active Federal service as Company “B” of the 192nd Tank Battalion on November 25, 1940.
One hundred twenty-two of these men left the Armory at Madison Street and Greenwood Avenue in Maywood to board a Northwestern Railroad train which took them to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where Company B joined Company A from Janesville, Wisconsin. Company C from Port Clinton, Ohio, and Company D from Harrodsburg, Kentucky, to form the 192nd Tank Battalion.
After further training and participating in Louisiana maneuvers, the 192nd Tankers were at Camp Polk, Louisiana, to be fully equipped for overseas shipping. In October of 1941, 89 men of the original Company "B" left the United States for the Philippine Islands. They arrived in Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands on November 20, 1941 — Thanksgiving Day. From the port area, they went to Clark Field on Luzon, 60 miles to the north of Manila.
The Army had expected to give these young Americans additional military training and develop the fighting skills of the newly mobilized Philippine forces, but that training never happened. In less than three weeks, on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked; six battleships went down to the bottom of the harbor. A few hours after the attack on the Hawaiian base, Japanese bombs smashed into Clark Field and other bases on Luzon. Thereafter, Japan dominated both the air and the waters around Luzon.
Japan’s next move was the actual invasion of the island, beach by beach. By Christmas Eve 1941, General Douglas MacArthur, Commander of all the Island Forces in the Philippines, knew his exhausted troops could not stop this Japanese invasion. He put into action plans, made much earlier, for a mass withdrawal of all Philippine and American forces into Bataan; nearly 80,000 hungry and battle-worn troops. The 192nd Tank Battalion was tasked with providing cover for these withdrawal operations — they would be the last defenders into Bataan.
Clothing, barbed wire, gasoline, sand bags, medicine -- everything was in short supply. The scarcest commodity of all was food. By the end of January, after the forces had been only a month in Bataan, malaria, scurvy, and dysentery had reached epidemic proportions. Pilots without planes, cavalrymen without horses, gunners without tanks, and Filipinos without shoes all fought doggedly against the relentless tide of Japanese invaders and their unending artillery bombardment. In March, General Douglas Macarthur was ordered out of the Philippines to Australia to assume command of all Far East forces. General Jonathan M. Wainwright III took command of the allied forces in the Philippines.
On April, 9, 1942, Bataan surrendered. The following day, some 70,000 American and Filipino soldiers, as Japanese captives, all became victims of the greatest atrocity of the Pacific War: the Bataan Death March. A seemingly endless line of sick and starving men began their trip from the peninsula to Camp O'Donnell in central Luzon. The former Philippine cantonment was to have been an American airfield before the Japanese invasion but had to be abandoned before completion.
The entire march to Camp O'Donnell was 112 kilometers (70 miles).
Because of the deteriorated condition of these men and the brutal actions of their captors, no one knows how many died during that march. Probably 5,000 to 10,000 Filipinos and between 600 and 700 Americans lost their lives. What is known is that the dying and suffering did not end when the men reached Camp O'Donnell, the "Death March" would not end for a long time.
There would be more misery, more starvation, and more indignities, but most of all, there would be much, much more death before freedom. Of the nearly 10,000 Americans taken prisoner at Bataan, between 6,000 and 7,000 died in Japanese prison camps during the three-and-one-half years of their captivity. Of the 89 men of Company "B" who left the US in 1942, only 43 would return from the war.
Today’s Maywood Bataan Day Organization (MBDO) traces its roots back to the American Bataan Clan (ABC). This small group arose out of the anguish of mothers over the welfare of their sons who were lost when Bataan fell. After suffering through just over four months of promises of military and supply relief that was to be sent to the men fighting to slow or push back the invasion of Imperial Japan, these family members decided to take matters into their own hands.
Viola Heilig, mother of Sgt. Roger Heilig of Co. B of the 192nd Tank Battalion, was one of the founding mothers and also the first president. In the summer of 1942, the ABC registered itself as a charitable foundation and set about collecting the items that prisoners of war would need. They had food drives, collected clothing, and worked with the Red Cross to determine where to send the items. During the summer, little information came out about the fate of the captured troops, but some heavily censored letters from the prisoners confirmed that at least some of the men of the 192nd were still alive.
On the second weekend of September, 1942, the ABC helped sponsor an incredible weekend of celebrations of the American spirit just as America fully turned its efforts to the war effort. Recent victories in the Pacific theater of the war led some to believe that the tide was turning. A parade through the streets of Maywood that weekend featured 100s of marching bands, floats, soldiers, and celebrities. Even Chicago Mayor Kelley was there.
One of the featured speakers at an evening rally was Illinois Governor Green (1941 – 1949), who remarked, “...the heroism of the men who defended Bataan and Corregidor and our other outposts will endure forever, giving new inspiration and new courage to free men everywhere”. More than 30,000 people lined the parade route and jammed the grandstand area to hear the speakers. The families of the captured men had a place of honor on the reviewing stand. Senator Charles W. Brooks (1940 – 1949) said, “Maywood tonight exemplifies the true American spirit that will win the war.”
That early optimism of a quick victory faded as the Japanese dug in and began a war of attrition across the Pacific. As the hopes for a swift return of their sons were dashed, the ABC turned its efforts from sending aid to their sons, husbands and fathers to becoming more of an advocacy group on their behalf here in America. While the troops in Bataan sung their ironic song about being the “Battling bastards of Bataan”, forgotten by everyone – including Uncle Sam – the ABC insured no one forgot about them.
ABC President A.C. McArthur, whose son, Sgt. Albert C. McArthur, Jr. was reported as having died in a Japanese prison camp in 1943, began to speak more and more fervently about the need to provide reinforcements to the forces fighting in the Pacific. For example, he openly advocated for additional forces to be deployed in China to be ready for a final push into Japan to quickly free all prisoners. And the ABC never missed an opportunity to mark the passing of April 9th – the anniversary of the fall of the Philippines.
Throughout the rest of the war, the ABC and another group in Illinois, the Bataan Relief Organization, acted on behalf of the prisoners whenever and wherever they could. And each September, they would have a bond drive and parade to mark those efforts.
At the end of the war, the ABC grew to include more members – including not only returning survivors of the 192nd, but also other members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. On Bataan Day 1946, the returned heroes of Bataan who were able marched down Fifth Avenue in Maywood at the head of the Bataan Day Parade as honored guests of their hometown. On that same day the ABC helped dedicate a memorial in Maywood that featured a light tank similar to the one that the men of the 192nd had used in the defense of Bataan.
In 1957, they changed their name to the Maywood Veterans Council to better signify the new inclusion of all veterans from WWII. They continued to mark Bataan Day in September, and the annual event became the largest community event in the western suburbs of Chicago with a huge parade, banquets, guest speakers, and even a “Miss Bataan Day”. This tremendous outpouring of community and patriotic pride continued throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and well into the 1970s.
During 1964, the Veterans Council made a great effort to contact all men and women who were POWs to come and join Maywood in this event. One hundred thirty-eight former POWs came to the O’Hare Inn on September 12, 1964 as guests of honor. At this testimonial dinner, Congressman Harold Collier, Maywood’s Congressional representative was handed a resolution to make this day a National Day — Congressman Collier went on to introduce this bill (House Joint Resolution 165) in Congress.
In June 1973, a number of concerned citizens of Maywood requested assistance from the Village Mayor, David White. With his help, and with the help of civic organization involved, the Veterans Council was reorganized as the Maywood Civic and Veterans Association for the Preservation of Bataan Day. Later, the name was changed to the Maywood Bataan Day Organization.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Bataan Death March, a gala banquet was held in September 1992 at the Terrace Restaurant in Lombard, Illinois. Memorial services continued to be held each year on the second Sunday in September at the location of the tank in Maywood Park (4th Avenue and Oak Street).
In January 1999, the Maywood Village Board of Trustees approved a proposal by the Maywood Bataan Day Organization to establish a Veterans Memorial in the southeast corner of Maywood Park (1st Avenue and Oak Street). The plan called for bringing together the major mementoes of Company “B” (the tank dedicated in 1946 and memorial plaques), as well as a World War I cannon to ensure the continuing recognition and preservation of an important part of Maywood’s heritage.
In March 1999, an historic photograph of Company B, 192nd Tank Battalion, similar to one which hung in the lobby of the Lido Theatre in Maywood, was installed in the History/Board Room on the 1st floor of the Carnegie Library (original wing) in Maywood.
On Bataan Day, September 12, 1999, the newly created Veterans Memorial was dedicated. Speakers at the historic occasion included Brigadier General Edward J. Dyer, U.S. Army, Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 24th Infantry Division (Mech) & Fort Riley, Brigadier General David Harris, 35th Adjutant General, State of Illinois, and the Honorable Emelinda Lee-Pineda, Consul General of the Philippines.
Today, the MBDO continues to perpetuate the sacred honor of marking Maywood’s Bataan Day each year.
Recognition has grown to include not only the local heroes of Maywood, but also their valiant brothers-in-arms – the men of Companies B, C and D of the 192nd. And another important aspect of the battle to defend Bataan has also grown in importance – the presence and support of the Chicago area Filipino-American community. Today, Filipino-Americans are an important part of the MBDO and through their efforts, and attendance at the annual Maywood Bataan Day event, they are helping preserve not only the memory of the men of the 192nd, but also the incredible valor, sacrifice and brotherhood that the Filipinos showed in defending the Philippines shoulder to shoulder with Americans.
As we move into the 21st century, the MBDO is well-positioned to perpetuate the memory of why Maywood marks Bataan Day on the second Sunday of September. Through the efforts of the MBDO, and the support of those who hold these memories as sacred as the MBDO does, no one will ever forget the sacrifice of these brave soldiers in WWII – or the dedication and support of their families through their long captivity.
Further information about Maywood Bataan Day can be found at the Maywood Bataan Day Organization’s website: http://mbdo.org
Further information about the 192nd Tank Battalion can be found at the award-winning Bataan Project web site:
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