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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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Village To Retain Control of Veterans Park

Recent discussions by the Maywood Village Board and Maywood Park District will probably result in most of the parks in Maywood being turned over to the Maywood Park District, but the Village decided to retain control over the Veterans Park where the Maywood Bataan Day...

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 2017 – 10 Sep 2017

We are currently finishing up preparations for the 75th Anniversary of Maywood Bataan Day. As always, Bataan Day will be commemorated in Maywood on the second Sunday in September. This year that is September 10, 2017. Festivities begin with music provided by the 144th...

65th Anniversary of Gen. MacArthur’s Leyte Landing

Col. McMahon's 2009 trip to represent the MBDO at the 65th Anniversary of Gen. MacArthur's Leyte Landing.    
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Pfc. Louis C. Zelis

One in a continuing series highlighting the men of the 192nd Tank Battalion. All materials are excerpted from the Proviso Bataan Commemorative Project: Pfc. Louis C. Zelis was born on February 13, 1914, and was one of the four sons born to...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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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