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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Press Release: Widows and Children of POWs Visit Japan



ADBC-MS 2017 Convention in Kansas City MO, May 17-21

This is the online booking link for the ADBC-MS block. After clicking on the link, you should be redirected to the Holiday Inn website where you can book reservations at the hotel under your block. The group code that is specific to your group will automatically populate. This allows you to book reservations for the specific dates: May 17-21, 2017. Please note that the booking link is not compatible to all smart phone or tablets. The link is best used from a desk top computer or laptop.

If anyone would like to book outside of these dates, please contact the hotel. Reservation requests outside of the block dates can be booked upon availability. If guests would like to call in and make reservations, please call our central reservation's line at 1-866-280-6326.

Please note that the cutoff date for guests booking reservations is April 16, 2017. This is the last day we can guarantee a reservation be booked in this group block at the contracted rate.
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza Reservation Link for ADBC Memorial Society Convention 2017


ADBC-MS 2016 Convention in San Antonio Photos!

Sara Leonard and Erwin Johnson                                                              Pam Eslinger and Dad Jack Warner

Sara Leonard and Erwin Johnson  Pam Eslinger and Dad Jack Warner

Oscar Leonard, Mona Bridges Woodring, Joe Brown                                Joe Vater Jr. and Caroline Burkhart

Oscar Leonard, Mona Bridges Woodring, Joe Brown  Joe Vater Jr., Caroline Burkhart

Caroline Burkhart                                                                                         Nancy Kragh, Kris Dahlstrom and Shawn Lennartson

Caroline Burkhart  Nancy Kragh, Kris Dahlstrom and Shawn Lennartson

Leland Chandler -the first to sign the letter to President Obama               Dan Crowley

Leland Chandler -the first to sign the letter to President Obama   Dan Crowley

POW Widows                                                                                             Jan Thompson and Ester Jennings

Widows of POWs  Jan Thompson and Ester Jennings

And be sure to join us next year in Kansas City!


Bataan Memorial Death March 2016

A hardy group of survivors, descendants, and friends made the trek to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to commemorate the Bataan Death March. Marchers could choose between a hot and dusty 8.5 mile, 14 mile, or 26.2 mile hike. The volunteers were great, and accomodations ranged from rustic to hotel. If you haven't particiated in this amazing event, you have a chance March 19th, 2017.


Harold Bergbower with Luke Airforce Base Airmen

Former POWs, Left to Right: Harold Bergbower, Bill Eldridge, Bill Overmier, Jesse Baltazar, Oscar Leonard and Bob Rosendhal

Harold Bergbower with double amputee Harold Bologna

Oscar Leonard and Harold Bergbower signing autographs