Since 1942

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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“Capas Freedom March” – April 2015

Col. McMahon has added a gallery of photos from the 2015 Capas Freedom March. Find it by clicking on the GALLERIES and then PHILIPPINE EVENTS ALBUM links above, or click here.

Manila Is Bombed – 1941 Newsreel

Found this interesting video on

2014 Veterans Day at MAC

Even on Christmas there's no rest for some people. Col. McMahon has just completed updating the gallery "Veterans Day at Manila American Cemetery & Memorial 2014" and it is online for your review. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Maywood Bataan Day...

New photo album! 76th Anniversary of the Day of Valor – in Chicago

Pres. McMahon and MBDO board member, Ed Brotonel have started work on this exciting new gallery of photos from this recent event. Click here to view the album now.
Photo courtesy of Robert Hudson

Thank you VFW Post 2485

Statement by MBDO President Col. Richard A. McMahon, Jr. on the occasion of the 2014 Bataan Day Observance at Camp O'Donnell in the Philippines: Commander John Gilbert, Sr. Vice Commander Carl Burke, on behalf of the Maywood (IL) Bataan Day Organization and the...

Memorial Day 2016 @ MAC

President McMahon attended Memorial Day services at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila. Here are photos from that event. Click here to view the photos or click GALLERIES above to browse all photo albums

Pat’s Grandson In Afghanistan

Here's a great article online about MBDO Treasurer Pat Besaw's step-grandson on duty in Afghanistan. Find the article by clicking here. In addition, Pat shared an article from 2007 about a cross country trip he took on his bike from his home in La Grange Park to the...

Can You Help Identify These Men?

Over the years, there have been many attempts made to identify all the men pictured on the famous "Lido Theater Bataan Mural". The original picture, a copy of which hangs in the board room of the Maywood Public Library, has a legend at the bottom that does not really...

This Just In! POWs Rescued in Bataan!

I just purchased this photo from a dealer on eBay in Mexico City, Mexico. It's a photo of Maywood residents gather around a radio in a pharmacy some time in early February, 1945. They are anxiously waiting for any details on the prison camp raid carried out a couple...

Mystery Plaque

We received this mystery bronze item in the mail, with no name attached to it. I haven't had a chance to check out the 5th Avenue bridge in Maywood to see if the plaque referred to in the note that came with it is still there, but I thought I'd share it here and see...
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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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