Las Cruces in Dona 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, thirst and abuse by Japanese soldiers made each mile more deadly. More than 1,000 Americans and possibly 15,000 Filipinos died before reaching Camp O'Donnell.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in 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. Heroes of Bataan (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.
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 1,654 times since then and 42 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.