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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Join us from May 2-6th 2018 in Albuquerque NM

Please complete the Registration Form and renew your Membership.

Schedule for 2018 Convention.

The 2018 Convention will be held at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, 505.222.8703.

To receive the ADBC-MS group discount, make your online reserverations here. To receive the discount, reservations MUST be made by April 11, 2018.


Albuquerque Convention Roger Mansell Speaker


Enoura Maru Memorial Stone and Dedication

ADBC-MS is happy to announce that we have finally been given permission to place a Memorial Stone at the National Cemetary of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Hawaii to remember the lost men on the hellship Enoura Maru. Please help us in our effort to cover the cost and shipping of the stone from Seattle to Hawaii, ceremony costs, invitation costs, etc. You can donate here.

Statement for the Record: Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee

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