Las Cruces in Doña 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
[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 • 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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
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 at 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 America's First Battle of World War II: The Philippines (here, next to this marker); Rio Grande Theatre (approx. 2.4 miles away); Doña 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); María Gutiérrez 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.)
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 1,914 times since then and 92 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.