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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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2011 Capt. Rebecca Dickson Simmons

[Ed. note: I just found this post sitting in a "draft" mode while cleaning up something on this website. My apologies to Capt. Simmons for the delay in posting this. Her remarks are poignant and insightful and I'm sorry I didn't share them sooner.] Remarks from Ground...

PFC Silas LeGrow – 1922 – 2013

Received the sad news today that we have lost another member of the 192nd Tank Battalion. Silas LeGrow, Co. C, 192nd Tank Battalion, died on January 15, 2013. He was 90 years old. We join his family and friends in honoring his service and mourning the loss. To read...

MBDO Presents Flag To MFA

The Maywood Bataan Day Organization was proud to present a US flag to be flown at the new Maywood Fine Arts center. Lois Baumann and her husband Ernie were on hand on Sunday, September 13, 2015, to receive the flag. Lois was excited to be opening the new facility and...

Co. B Survivor Celebrates 94th Birthday

Father Ben Morin, (Co. B) is celebrating his 94th birthday today, August 15th, with family and friends at his home in Michigan. We join them all in wishing Fr. Morin a very happy birthday!

Who is Russell W. Cochran?

A small stone memorial sits in Maywood Veterans Memorial Park at 1st and Oak Ave. in Maywood, Illinois. Inscribed on the monument is "This tree planted as a living memorial in memory of Russell W. Cochran. American Legion 133. VFW 2193." We know that Mr. Cochran was...

2013 Maywood Bataan Day Booklet

Please click the links below to open or download PDF formatted copies of the official Maywood Bataan Day booklet -- newly updated for 2012 - and this year's Programme insert. Click to download Maywood Bataan Day Official Booklet Click to download 2013 Maywood Bataan...

Lt. Morin Interview – Age 94

"2nd Lt. Ben R. Morin" is how the interview starts. From there, the 94 years-young, retired Jesuit priest and hero of the first tank battle of World War II fills us in on some of the details of his fight with the Japanese on Luzon, as well as his time as a POW in the...
Dr. Flores and J. Dacanay

Dr. Samson Flores – “A hero. No argument.”

At the 2012 Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service, we were privileged to hear from biographer Joseph Mapalo Dacany who introduced Dr. Samson Sol Flores. Dr. Flores is a Bataan Death March survivor, as well as a lifelong Chicago area resident. Dr. Flores shared part of...

World Premiere Film Invitation

Never The Same - The Prisoner of War Experience is the new film from Professor Jan Thompson, the daughter of a POW of the Japanese and producer of the documentary The Tragedy of Bataan. Professor Thompson has extended a special invitation to all friends of the Maywood...

Bataan Day 2012 Pictures Posted

Find the latest Bataan Day pictures in the Bataan Day 2012 Gallery. Click on Galleries above, then Maywood Bataan Day Events album, and then select Bataan Day 2012.  
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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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