Welcome to the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Society

Our mission is to preserve and perpetuate the story of the men and women who defended the Philippines and other Allied outposts against overwhelming odds during the first months of World War II in the Pacific and later became prisoners-of-war.

The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society (ADBC-MS) is the only sanctioned successor to the original American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor organization formed by surviving POWs of Japan in 1946. We have been entrusted with preserving the legacy of the POWs of the Pacific. 

The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society is dedicated to promoting education about the POW experience in the Pacific during WWII and supporting programs of reconciliation. In addition to our annual conventions, we offer scholarships to descendants of POWs, provide grants for projects that educate and involve people of all ages in activities that bring meaning to this history, sponsor Bataan Memorial Marches, and support the building of monuments to honor the POWs in Japan. We are also involved in a number of other educational activities around the United States and internationally, working with historians and scholars to write curriculums for educational institutions.

The ADBC-MS is the point of contact for all official U.S. Governmental activities concerning American POWs of Japan. These include the Japan/POW Friendship Program that sends former POWs to Japan for healing and reconciliation; Veterans’ Day Breakfasts with the President; and submission of recently deceased information to the Freedom Foundation. At the request of the Senate and House Veterans’ Committees, the ADBC-MS provides written Statements for the Record at their annual service organizations hearings.

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Fall 2019 ADBC Scholarship applications available


2019 Annual ADBC-MS Convention
Norfolk VA
May 29 - June 1 2019
Schedule of Events


>Author, James SCOTT will be the banquet speaker and will be available to sign his book, Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila, after the banquet. Discounted copies to buy.
>Dr. Frank BLAZICH of the Smithsonian Museum of American History will also be there to sign copies of his book, Bataan Survivor: A POW’s Account of Japanese Captivity in World War II and copies will be for sale, also for a discount.
>There will be a visit to the MacArthur Memorial Museum nearby as well as a screening of Jan Thompson's documentary on artist and POW Ben Steele, Survival through Art.

>Cecilia GAERLAN Founder and Executive Director of Bataan Legacy Historical Society will give a presentation on the group's efforts to teach the lessons of WWII in the Philippines from the perspectives of both its military and civilian participants.  

> Gregory KUPSKY,  a historian for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Arlington, Virginia, where he researches missing American servicemen from World War II will discuss "DPAA and the Search for the Missing in the Philippines."

The 10th annual ADBC Memorial Society Convention will be held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, VA. Dates are May 29-June 1, 2019. Group rate for a double will be $117 plus tax. Call 800-325-3535 to make your reservation by May 3, 2019 to receive our rate. There are limited handicap accessible rooms, please reserve early if one is needed. 

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.
Event Summary:
ADBC Memorial Society 2019 Convention
Start Date: Monday, May 27, 2019
End Date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Last Day to Book: Friday, May 3, 2019
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
  • Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel for 117 USD - 600 USD per night

Register now for the convention and banquet.

POW Congressional Gold Medal

On March 12, 2019, the ADBC-MS submitted testimony for the record to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and House Veterans' Affairs Committee Joint Hearing To Receive Legislative Presentations of Veterans Service Organizations. The testimony, AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR OF JAPAN: CEMENTING A LEGACY, focused on obtaining an inclusive Congressional Gold Medal for the American POWs of Japan and calling on Congress to encourage Japan to do more in its efforts toward reconciliation with the American and Allied POWs as well as with all the former victims of Imperial Japan's militarism.
Please share with friends, family, and your Congressional representatives. The testimony is not automatically sent to them. Ask them to fulfill the goals of the testimony.

Pacific War Heroes Day


Watch the video from the Enoura Maru dedication ceremony


McCain Memorial Statement

Senator John McCain faced adversity with dignity and honesty. As a POW, he knew the depths of inhumanity as well as the raw joy from an act of kindness. His POW experience sharpened his moral compass and gave him the resolve to stand firm where others would not. I send the heartfelt sympathies of the American POWs of Japan, their descendants, and the members of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society to his wife Cindy and the entire McCain family, and our thanks to God for the life of John McCain.

fac fortia et patere [do brave deeds and endure]

Jan Thompson


American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Society



Statement for the Record: Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee

American Prisoners of War of Japan Protecting the History of World War II