Las Cruces in Doña Ana County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
America's First Battle of World War II: The Philippines
The Japanese began their amphibious invasion of Luzon two weeks after the attack. By January 1942, American and Filipino Armies were pushed south towards the Bataan Peninsula. Wracked with starvation, debilitating tropical disease and facing dwindling supplies of ammunition and equipment they still continued to fight for three more months, supported by courageous Filipino civilians. The defense by American and Filipino Armies delayed the Japanese timetable for conquest of the Pacific by many months, allowing America to rearm for war.
The Bataan Death March
On April 9, 1942, American soldiers defending the Philippines were ordered to surrender. The Japanese quickly assembled all POWs and started them on the infamous seven-day, 65 mile Bataan Death March. Approximately 70,000 men started the march. Disease, hunger,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1942.
Location. 32° 20.067′ N, 106° 44.983′ W. Marker is in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in Doña Ana County. Marker can be reached from North Roadrunner Parkway, 1.8 miles south of U.S. 70. Marker is in the southeast corner of Veteran's Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Las Cruces NM 88011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Heroes of Bataan (here, next to this marker); The Branigan Building (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rio Grande Theatre (approx. 2.4 miles away); Doña Ana County Courthouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Las Cruces Railroad Depot (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Santa Fe Railroad Depot (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Historic Green Bridge (approx. 3 miles away); Pat Garrett Murder Site (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Cruces.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,093 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.