ADBC (American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor) Museum
at Brooke County Public Library
dedicated to Prisoners of War Captured in the Philippines and Pacific Islands in 1941, and 1942 and those who gave their lives for their country
Latest Quan --Winter 2012 Available on web
ADBC Convention in Norfolk, May 22-26 at Sheraton Waterside Hotel ADBC Memorial Society has details here
Defenders of the Philippine Islands from World War II remembered
Eddie Jackfert, Past ADBC National Commander, is a survivor of the Philippine capture by the Japanese. He began donating his materials to the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg, West Virginia on September 13, 2002, initiating military related donations from other American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor(ADBC) members and their families. The collection increased steadily since that time and the ADBC supported the museum as an official repository.
Mr. Jackfert and his wife Henrietta
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|Abie Abraham||Lester Tenney, National Commander of ADBC 2008-2009||Major Ralph Levenberg, PNC|
|Joseph Vater, PNC||Richard Winter||Frank Shannon|
|Anton Bilek||Dick Francies||Col. John E. Olson|
Abie Abraham (Sergeant Master); Joseph L. Alexander; Ed Jackfert(PNC) Joseph Vater (PNC); Dr, Lester Tenney (PNC);Major Ralph Levenberg (PNC), Max Kissel;Frank Shannon; Colonel John Olsen (Philippine Scouts); Richard Winter; Richard Francies; Anton Bilek
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.
Funding for help in providing the obituary list of POWs has been provided by Chesapeake Energy.