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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…


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2019 Philippines Veterans Week Gallery Now Online

Col. McMahon has uploaded captioned photos for the Philippine Veterans Week 2019 at the Capas National Shrine in the Philippines. Click on GALLERIES > PHILIPPINES EVENTS to find this gallery, or CLICK HERE.

Forest Park Review Article about Proviso East Bataan website

A nice article in the Forest Park Review about Jim Opolony and the Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project website. Find the article by clicking here. Go to the Proviso East Bataan website by clicking here.

Joy – Tempered By Great Loss

Scans from the Chicago Daily News, August 31, 1945.

No Money For Wives At Home?

Letter to Editor Details Trials of a POW Wife While going through many issues of the Maywood Herald I ran across this "Letter to the Editor" from early January, 1942. The letter writer describes the dire situation the wife of Lt. Slicer, who, at the time, was...

71st Annual Maywood Bataan Day – 9/8/2013

Annual Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service Marks 71st Anniversary in 2013 MAYWOOD, IL – As they have every year since 1942, the Village of Maywood and the Maywood Bataan Day Organization will mark Maywood Bataan Day on the Second Sunday in September. This year the...
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Bataan Day 1954

Recently discovered footage from the Maywood Bataan Day services on September 18, 1954. Featured in this short clip is the Bataan Day Parade down 5th avenue in Maywood, with nearly 70,000 onlookers, according to Maywood Police sources. In addition, the...

Philippines Veterans Week

Col. McMahon, President, Maywood Bataan Day Organization was unable to attend this year's event in person. Our good friend, Heitrid B. Firmantes, Veterans Memorial and Historical Division, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), was kind enough to share their...

A note from Marti Spencer, nephew of Leo Spencer

A note from one of the people whom President Richard McMahon has helped with getting medals from WWII. His uncle, Leo Spencer, was a regular Maywood Bataan Day attendee in honor of his brother, Sgt. Norman Spencer. My uncle Leo Spencer , Norman's brother, died...

Bataan Day 2017 – Press Release

Maywood Bataan Day Organization PRESS RELEASE Contact Information: Col. Richard A. McMahon, Jr. (USA, Ret.), President Phone: (708) 366-8761 Email: Website URL: Alternate Contact: Maj. Edwin H. Walker IV (USMC) Phone: (708) 345-7077...

Next Sunday – 71st Annual Maywood Bataan Day

Just a reminder that next Sunday, September 8th, at 2:30pm (service starts at 3pm), we will be commemorating the 71st annual Maywood Bataan Day. One of the longest running WWII memorial commemorations in the Chicago Area. Please join us as we remember the "Greatest...
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The Maywood Bataan Day Organization will remain 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.

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