Published as a Special Section of The Minute Man. May, 1948, by American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor, Inc. 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA (Maj. Gen. Edward P. King Jr. Honorary Commander; Simme Pickman, Commander; Robert Doyle, Vice Commander; Frank Margiotto, Secretary; George Piccirillo, Treasurer; James E. Brennan, Adjutant). Newspaper format, folded (4 pp.), 11.5” x 17”. VG+ (wear at folds and top edge, wrinkling). Contains Minutes of the Third Annual Convention in April 1948, a review of Barbed Wire Surgeon, Gold Star Family announcements, two photos of the original members of the organization taken in December 1945, a Secretary’s Report, and a section entitled “Cross Country Chatter.” More than fifteen advertisements for southern New England businesses included.
The organization, launched in 1945 by veterans of the Pacific Theater and dedicated to POW’s, began publishing the paper periodically beginning in 1946-1947; they sought to push “to enlarge the scope of freedom on our own shores, thus helping to erect the greatest of all memorials to our war dead—a land where every person may hold his head high, without fear of injustice or intolerance.” No record of this early issue in OCLC, and scarce thus. Item #264