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John Lyons, ADBC Commander

ADBC Commander, 1985-1986

 John Lyons Pictur

John Lyons, was born April 26, 1921.  He was one of the originators of the 31st Infantry Regiment Association and was National Commander of that association from 1983 to 1985.  He also served as Western Chapter Commander from 1982 to 1983.  He started the WSC "Find a Buddy" program which went  nationwide for the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, in which John served as commander from 1985-86.

During the war John belonged to B Company in tin 1939 to 1941 and then was then was transferred to the HQ & HQ detachment Battalion of the 31st.

John Lyons passed away on July 10, 1993 in Moreno, California.

Commander Lyons Acceptance Speech at Convention

Honored Guests, General Taylor, General Flynn, General Fellows, Our Angels the Nurses, Members of the Bataan Veterans Organizations, our Albuquerque hosts and our officers and members of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.

Our 1985 Family Reunion has been quite a memorable affair.  The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor is like one big family.   We are more than blood brothers as we have walked in each others shoes.  Since 1946 this is the largest number of brothers I have ever been privileged to see at one time.  Our wheelbarrow fully of happy memories is overflowing.

I am not going to make a lot of rash promises to you tonight.  But, I am going to promise you that I, as your commander and our corps of officers will do our very best to serve you in the coming year.  To serve, lead, represent you and be of assistance to you is part of our goals.

I am very cognizant of the honor you have bestowed upon me. 

I will not knowingly let your down.

Call me, tell me, write me.  If I can be of assistance in any way to you at any time please let me know. 

I do want to thank all of the members of Western States Chapter for coming to Albuquerque to be with us at this time.  Your loyalty and support is always important to me.  By the way, our new chapter commander, Sol Fromer, is celebrating his birthday today.

Our sincere "thank you" for having faith in me and electing me as your Commander.

God bless all of you and have a safe trip home.  Till we meet again, take good care of yourselves.