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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Lt. Gibson Visits American Legion – 1942

Found this article online while scanning through an online database of Maywood Herald articles. This is a picture of page 3 of the Maywood Herald from July 16, 1942. It show Lt. Emmett Gibson (who is my father), recently returned from Bataan after being medically...

New picture of first Bataan Day Discovered!

MBDO Director Steve Gibson recently purchased this photo from auction website eBay. It's a photo not published in probably 35 years and shows a marching unit of sailors from the first Maywood Bataan Day parade on September 12, 1942. This parade is notable not only...

Maywood Bataan Day parade – September 14, 1980

Some of this video may not be available in countries other than the US due to copyright restrictions on some of the music used in the original soundtrack of this video. In the interest of historic preservation, I have decided to not edit out that music.

You Are Invited!

Please help us REMEMBER BATAAN! The Maywood Bataan Day Organization cordially invites you to the 72nd Annual Maywood Bataan Day, Sunday September 14, 2014 at Veterans Memorial Park in Maywood, Illinois. Musical program starts at 2:30pm, Memorial Service begins at 3pm....
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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...

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.

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...

Co. B Survivor Among Honored Guests

Co. B's own Lester Tennenburg, also known as Lester Tenney, is part of a group of Bataan veterans who attended a recent screening of documentarian Jan Thompson's new project "Never The Same". Recently, Jan had a showing in Los Angeles, which was attended by not only...

Leticia Jimenez – “Suppressed Emotions”

SUPPRESSED EMOTIONS Leticia J. Jimenez While I was watching the evening news last week, it was reported that there were twenty United States soldiers coming back from Afghanistan. They were done with their military duties after serving five years. Then they flashed...

Fr. Ben Morin – 1920 – 2015

2nd Lt. Ben Morin fought the first US tank battle of WWII and was thought KIA for a time. He ended up as a POW and survived WWII to return home and make good on a promise he made to become a priest if he survived the war. He served as a priest for 68 years. We...
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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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