70th Maywood Bataan Day

Jim Opolony, Featured Speaker

On Sunday September 9, 2012, the Maywood Bataan Day Organization will celebrate the PLATINUM Anniversary of the first Maywood Bataan Day in 1942. As we have every year since 1942, we will mark the occasion on the Second Sunday in September at Maywood Veterans Park. The ceremony will begin at 230pm with a concert of patriotic songs provided by the Proviso East High School band. At 3pm, the Maywood Bataan Day ceremony will begin. This year, our Keynote Speaker will be Illinois National Guard Colonel Richard J. Hayes, Jr., Director of The Joint Staff, Illinois National Guard.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary, we will also have a featured speaker, Mr. Jim Opolony, the nation’s leading expert on the 192nd Tank Battalion, which included the men from Maywood that the Maywood Bataan Day commemorates. He is a teacher and the project leader for the Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project.

We will also be joined by several area American Legion and VFW color guards, as well as WWII reenactors. There will be a solemn Monument Ceremony by the DuPage Chapter of VietNow and a rifle salute from the Howard H. Rohde American Legion post from Northlake, IL.

Additional details are still pending, please watch here for updates, or click on the SUBSCRIBE link to the right to be sure you are notified of any changes to this website.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you!


  1. Pamela Lessner /

    I recently became aware of all the information available on 192nd tank company my uncle, RAYMOND MASON of Maywood, was a part of.
    My mother, Lucille Mason, would speak of him all the time with tears in her eyes. As a teen, I could not relate. As a grown woman, I so understand my mother’s pain. She cried every Christmas recalling her brother promising “I’ll be home for Christmas.” My mother was Ray’s only full blood sibling. Please include me in any information you may publish. thank you so much. God Bless you all.

    • I’ve added your email to our newsletter list – it comes out occasionally, a couple times a month. Glad to have you join us. My father was also part of the 192nd, but was medevaced before the fall of Bataan. A lot of sadness attached to the memory of the 192nd, but some great stories as well. And the stories of the heartaches at home are the ones we hear little about. If you come across any scrapbooks or photos your mom might have kept, please share.

      Thank you and God bless…


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