Tag: Maywood Bataan Day Organization

Photos of the Week: On Eve of 9/11, Maywood Remembers Bataan

Monday, September 11, 2017 || By Michael Romain | Photos by Spooner Baumann || @maywoodnews 

On Sept. 10, a few hundred people gathered under a tent pitched at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, located on the corner of 1st Ave. and Oak St., for the 75th Bataan Day commemorative service.

According to the Maywood Bataan Day Organization (MBDO), the service is the “longest running World War II commemorative event in the Chicago area.” This year, MBDO officials added, also marked the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

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Maywood to Mark 75th Annual Bataan Day on Sept. 10

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The Maywood Bataan Day Organization recently released the details of its 75th annual Bataan Day commemoration, which is set to take place on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2:30 p.m., at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, located on Oak St. (between 1st and 3rd Avenues) in Maywood.

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Last Maywood-Born Member of 192nd Tank Batallion, Bataan Death March Survivor, Dies at 96

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Lester Tenney, “the last man from [Company B], and the last Maywood-born member of the 192nd Tank Batallion,” who died last month at 96. | Maywood Bataan Day Organization 

Saturday, March 4, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Lester Tenney, “the last man from [Company B], and the last Maywood-born member of the 192nd Tank Batallion,” according to a statement put out by the Maywood Bataan Day Organization last month, has died. The MBDO added that Tenney was also a former president of the American Bataan Clan, MBDO’s predecessor.

Tenney died last month in California after a short hospitalization, according to an article published by the San Diego Union-Tribune at the time. Tenney, among the last living survivors of the Bataan Death March, said that he survived the ordeal “by setting small goals for himself as he walked,” the Union-Tribune wrote.

“Make it to that stand of trees,” reporters John Wilkens and Peter Rowe reported of Tenney’s fight for survival. “Make it to that herd of water buffalo. By the time he and the other survivors staggered into Japanese prison camps, thousands had died.

“It was awful. It was inhumane. It was barbaric,” recalled Tenney, who is survived by Betty, his wife of 57 years; a son; two stepson; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Read more about Tenney’s fight for survival here. Read the MBDO’s release on Tenney’s death here. VFP

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