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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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...

Bataan Day 2016

On a hot September Sunday in 1946, citizens and honored guests gathered at the corner of 5th Avenue and Oak Street in this western suburb of Chicago. In attendance was the Governor of Illinois, as well as Brigadier Generals and Navy Commandants. But the true guest of...

Bataan Day 2004 found at last!

Somewhere along the way, we had misplaced our Bataan Day 2004 gallery of photos. We're happy to say we have found those photos and they are now posted in our Gallery section -- linked above. You can also go directly to the gallery page by clicking here.

New Galleries Online! Bataan Day 2016 & Vets Day @ MAC

President McMahon has finished editing the photo galleries for Bataan Day 2016 and the Veterans Memorial Day at the Manila American Cemetery 2016. You can find the galleries under the GALLERIES tab above or click these links: Bataan Day 2016 Veterans Day Memorial at...

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...

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.

Olympian, War Hero, POW – Louis Zamperini

“The mayor asked me if any good came out of being a prisoner of war in Japan,” Zamperini said. “I said, ‘Yeah, it prepared me for 55 years of married life.”

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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2016 Keynote – Brig Gen Tate Nadeau

In 2015, Brigadier General Alicia A. Tate-Nadeau received her promotion from Colonel to Brigadier General, adding to an impressive resume and thereby becoming the first female in the Illinois National Guard to earn the rank. Brigadier General Tate-Nadeau currently...
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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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