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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First U.S. Tank Commander to Engage Enemy Forces in World War II, Maywood Native, Dies

Ben Morin, left, the first U.S. tank commander to engage enemy forces in World War II and the last surviving officer of the National Guard’s famed 192nd Tank Battalion, has died at a retirement home for Catholic priests in Michigan. Caption and photo by Illinois National Guard. Wednesday, April 29, 2015 || Originally Published: Illinois National Guard || 4/28/15 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The last surviving officer … Continue reading First U.S. Tank Commander to Engage Enemy Forces in World War II, Maywood Native, Dies

Finding Private Jerele: The Unidentified Remains of WWII Soldier Loomed Large Over This Year’s Bataan Day Memorial

Col. Richard A. McMahon, Jr., President of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization points out the name of Private Harry Jerele (below left) on the rededicated memorial plaque in Maywood Veterans Memorial Park. Photo by Michael Romain for the Village Free Press. Thursday, September 18, 2014 || By Michael Romain MAYWOOD — There was something different about this year’s Bataan Day Memorial Service held Sunday, September … Continue reading Finding Private Jerele: The Unidentified Remains of WWII Soldier Loomed Large Over This Year’s Bataan Day Memorial