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Watch this space for updates on the scheduled 2021 Convention in Memphis.

We hope everyone understands this decision.

First, welcome to the new website! Second, please be aware there are some things that may seem a bit confusing in regards to any error messages, or odd looking web addresses in your web browser's address bar (at the top of your web browser window). Rest assured things will smooth out over time - this is the web address you should bookmark right away as to not get lost! https://www.adbcmemorialsociety.org

If you are a current ADBC-MS member, log in at the very top of the page.

Thank you for your patience & please feel free to Contact Us if necessary


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.

Fall 2020 Scholarship Applications Now Available

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.

2019 Annual ADBC-MS Convention Photos

Norfolk VA - May 29 - June 1 2019

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