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Las Cruces in Dona Ana County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Heroes of Bataan

The New Mexico Story

 
 
Heroes of Bataan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 5, 2010
1. Heroes of Bataan Marker
Inscription. More than fourteen hundred New Mexicans fought with the 200th Coast Artillery (CAC) Regiment defending the Philippines and the Bataan Peninsula at the beginning of World War II. The regiment received the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters for its heroic performance during the battle.

The War Department cited the 200th CAC as 'the best anti-aircraft regiment in the United States Army' before the war started. General Jonathan Wainwright, the 200th's superior commander, credited the 200th CAC with being the first unit to fire on the enemy and the last organized unit still fighting at the time of its being surrendered.

After their ordered surrender in 1942, New Mexico had the highest per capita Japanese prisoner of war population in the Nation.
Foot Print Locations
The Bataan Death March Memorial Walkway
Veterans Park Las Cruces, New Mexico

This diagram identifies the barefoot impressions of 38 survivors of the Bataan Death March. The footprints were made by pressing rubber castings of the men's bare feet into the wet cement of the walkway. The names of these men are listed below.
[Numbers coincide with the numbers next to foot prints seen on diagram in photo #2]
1. David Tellez • 2. Cipriano B. Ramirez • 3. Cecil E. Mauldin
Footprint Locations image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 5, 2010
2. Footprint Locations
Footprints leading to and from the statue "look back to what has passed, down to what is present and ahead to what might be," according to notes by the sculptor, Kelley Hestir.
"The footprints are symbolic of the many soldiers who began the march and the few who finished. The impressions were made from the feet of those who survived,"
• 4. Ruben Flores • 5. Jack H. Aldrich • 6. Thomas P. Foy • 7. Pablo P. Gutierrez • 8. Weldon C. Hamilton • 9. Menandro Parazo • 10. Clifford A. Martinez • 11. Julio T. Barela • 12. Ralph Rodriquez • 13. George F. King • 14. Felix M. Salas • 15. Charles F. James • 16. Lorenzo Y. Banegas • 17. David Johns • 18. Nicholas Chintas • 19. Y.C. Lindsay • 20. Melvin T. Waldrop • 21. Mario Tonelli • 22. Manuel A. Armijo • 23. Evans R. Garcia • 24. Harry E. Steen • 25. Carlos R. Montoya • 26. Virgil L. Aimes • 27. Benjamin F. Williams • 28. Fred M. Brewer • 29. Walter Straka • 30. Henry Peck • 31. Vicente R. Ojinaga • 32. David A. Chavez • 33. Robert J. Welch • 34. John Mosely • 35. Tony B. Montoya • 36. Timothy B. Smith • 37. Edras S. Montoya • 38. Alexander H. Mathews
 
Location. 32° 20.067′ N, 106° 44.983′ W. Marker is in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in Dona Ana County. Marker can be reached from North Roadrunner Parkway 1.8 miles south of U.S. 70. Click for map. Marker is at the southeast corner of Veteran's Park. Marker is in this post office area: Las Cruces NM 88011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. America's First Battle of World War II: The Philippines (here, next to this marker); Rio Grande Theatre (approx. 2.4 miles away);
The Memorial Walkway Leading to the Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
3. The Memorial Walkway Leading to the Statue
Doρa Ana County Courthouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Historic Green Bridge (approx. 3 miles away); Pat Garrett Murder Site (approx. 3.3 miles away); Miller Field Gates (approx. 3.6 miles away); Marνa Gutiιrrez Spencer (approx. 3.7 miles away); La Mesilla (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Las Cruces.
 
Also see . . .
1. Back to Bataan - A Survivor's Story. A first-person account of a survivor of the Bataan Death March. (Submitted on November 23, 2010.) 

2. The Bataan Death March. April 9, 1942 (Submitted on November 23, 2010.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
The Memorial Walkway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 5, 2010
4. The Memorial Walkway
Heroes of Bataan image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 5, 2010
5. Heroes of Bataan
Heroes of Bataan image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 5, 2010
6. Heroes of Bataan
Close-Up of Artwork on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
7. Close-Up of Artwork on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,523 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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