To create this invaluable data file, ADBC combined information from its 5,000 membership cards, dating back over sixty years, with public records from the National Archives. This new data file contains information that may help to fill in known gaps in previously available records – it includes unit information and the names of some POWs whose records do not appear the National Archives World War II Prisoners of War Data File, and complements other existing National Archives records relating to World War II Prisoners of War (Record Group 389).
The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (ADBC) is a Congressionally chartered organization of former prisoners of the Japanese and their descendants.
The National Archives donated historical materials collection includes gifts of personal papers, historical manuscripts, and other materials donated to NARA. Although these materials are not official records of the U.S. Government, the National Archives Act of June 18, 1934, authorized their acceptance as gifts if they related to and illustrated historical activities of the United States.