The American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor Museum has the largest collection of documents, photos, and maps relating to the early defense (1941-42) of Bataan and Corregidor and subsequent capture in the WWII Pacific Theater and is the only repository devoted mainly to the ADBC membership.
“Our nation seems to have forgotten to recognize those distinguished heroes who fought so gallantly defending the Philippine islands at the outbreak of World War II. Their story must be told because of their courage and heroism. Their victory was measured in their survival, and in maintaining their faith and loyalty to our nation, when the reward for maintaining loyalty was continued starvation and death. Their strong heart, great spirit, and unyielding faith served as an inspiration to the rest of our nation. They placed their honor before everything else, even before a whole self. They absorbed with their bodies the blows that were intended for our nation and its people, and they sacrificed their own freedom for the freedom of the world. And finally, they returned from their service, regained their rightful place in society and strengthened their families, their communities, and our nation through their example of courage. Our nation owes them a debt that can never be repaid–they must not, and should not be forgotten.”–Eddie Jackfert
The early defense of the Philippines, including the Bataan Death March, and transfer of prisoners on “Hellships” to prison camps in Asia, are chapters that have been neglected in our history books and school curriculums.
The ADBC collections are growing on a weekly basis.