The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society (ADBCMS) welcomes donations to support our work keeping the memory alive of the brave men and women who were prisoners of Imperial Japan during World War II. Donations can be given to our general fund, toward specific projects and memorials, or in honor of individuals or units.
The ADBCMS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization; thus, your donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
All donations can be made using the form below and the PayPal link provided. You can also send a note and a check made out to "ADBCMS" to the ADBCMS Treasurer:
Ms. Judy Pruitt
23 Elwell Road
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Please indicate the specific fund or who you wish to honor in your donation note.
Harold Bergbower Memorial Fund
U.S. Army Air Corps CMSgt Harold Anthony Bergbower (1920-2019) was slave laborer scooping iron ore into an open hearth furnace at the Nagoya-6B-Nomachi (Takaoka) POW. Today, the site remains part of Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd (JMC, Nihon Jukagaku Kogyo).
Scott Rubenstein Memorial Poetry Fund
Scott Ian Rubenstein (1947-2019), a screenwriter, was the son of Pvt Saul Rubenstein (1919-1988). Saul was a Sergeant for the Polar Bear Unit, the 31st Infantry, US Airforce. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement while serving in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941 through May 10th, 1942. He met his lifetime best friend, Steve, while discussing bagels in the hull of a hellship. His wife, Shirley, was also a member of ABDC and contributed as treasurer and secretary and both of them attended many West Coast events, although they both hailed from New York, long time original East Coast Dodger fans.
Enoura Maru Memorial Stone and Dedication Fund
On August 15, 2018, the ADBMS dedicated a memorial stone recognizing the 400 prisoners of war of Imperial Japan who died January 1945 aboard two Japanese hellships, Enoura Maru and Brazil Maru, docked in Takao Harbor, Formosa [Taiwan]. Most died from friendly fire from planes from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. These servicemen and mariners are now buried as “Unknowns'' among 20 graves in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu, Hawaii. This fund covers the expenses of the ceremony as well as the manufacture and transportation of the memorial stone.
Support grants to individuals/organizations for research or education projects related to the POW experience with Imperial Japan. Grants are awarded annually based on the board’s evaluation on how well the project forwards the ADBCMS’ mission. The amount and number of grants vary from year to year, but do not exceed $5,000.
Roger Mansell Guest Lecturer Fund
Honors the extraordinary contribution made by Roger Mansell (1935-2010) to research and scholarship about the American POWs of Imperial Japan during World War II. This fund supports the travel, lodging, and honorarium for a scholarly speaker at the ADBCMS’ annual national convention. The speaker must focus on the fall of the Philippines, the war in the Pacific, and the experiences of the POWs and internees of Imperial Japanese.