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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.

2022 Convention Information

The 12th annual American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society Convention

Convention Schedule

The 12th annual American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society convention will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport.

September 21 – 24, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport

18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA

Group Rate double $137.00 + tax

Reservations must be made by August 31, 2022 to receive rate

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Telephone Reservations:

Call our toll-free reservation number at (800) 222 TREE, or (800) 222-8733 and reference the group code: ADB or group name ADBCMS

There will be complimentary high-speed internet and a reduced self-parking rate of $17 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.

Letter to Tomita koji

Help Sought in Identifying Enoura Maru Victims

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) will begin exhuming the 400 sets of remains interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific who died in the bombing of the POW hellship Enoura Maru later this year. In order to identify them, DNA samples from their families must be on file. The Marine Office of Repatriation has provided the ADBC-MS with a list of Marines whose reference DNA has not yet been obtained.  We are publishing this list hoping that it will come to the attention of some of those families.  Please contact Mr. Ronald Williams at  repatriation@usmc.mil  if you are or know someone who is related to any of these men. Please note that Mr Williams cannot answer questions about anyone not on this list.

USMC Enoura Maru Unidentified List

2019 Annual ADBC-MS Convention Photos

Norfolk VA - May 29 - June 1 2019

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