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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.

Congressional Gold Medal - H.R.5044 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Jan Thompson has good news to report: Congressman, Mike Bost (R-IL), introduced our version of a Gold Medal Bill this week in the HOUSE.

AnchorHowever, this is just the first step of a long journey for this bill to get passed. We need over 200 votes and/or Original Co-Sponsors at the HOUSE level. We have 8. We need your help getting Co-Sponsors.

We need you to reach out to YOUR Congressman and request that he/she become a Co-Sponsor of H.R. 5044.

The best way to do this is to contact your Congressman’s office and ask to speak directly with the aide who handles Veterans issues. Introduce yourself and give them a brief history about your POW relative. This should not be a “hard sell”.

--Remember-- THEY represent YOU.

We have two lead Co-Sponsors: Mike Bost (R-IL) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)

If YOUR Congressman’s aide has questions, direct them to the co-sponsors’ aides:

Here is a sample letter you can send your Congressperson – remember to add your personal story to the letter.

11th Annual ADBC Memorial Society Convention

 The 11th annual American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society convention will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport.

April 15 – April 19, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport

18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA

Group Rate double $129.00 + tax

Reservations must be made by March 13, 2020 to receive rate

There will be complimentary high-speed internet and a reduced self-parking rate of $12 per night. There are limited handicap accessible rooms; please reserve early if one is needed.

There is complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport 24 hours a day. Shuttle ride is 10 minutes. There is also complimentary shuttle service to Westfield Southcenter Shopping mall which features 56 restaurants and 193 retail stores. Downtown Seattle is a short 25-minute ride via Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail and only $3 each way.

Fall 2019 ADBC Scholarship Applications Available
Click here to download a PDF

2019 Annual ADBC-MS Convention Photos

Norfolk VA - May 29 - June 1 2019

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.

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 - President

American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Society

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