Las Cruces in Dona Ana County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Heroes of Bataan
The New Mexico Story
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.
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
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. Touch 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); 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). Touch for a list and map 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,704 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 22, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.