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Bataan Death March in Santa Fe

Bataan Death March Memorial Museum
Admission: free
Location: 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505-474-1670

New Mexico “celebrates” its three dominant cultures, and in fact, there was a time when race, religion
and economic status played no part in the lives of men so desperate they sought only the comfort of one of
their own. I am speaking of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Anti-aircraft units of the New Mexico
National Guard who were sent to the Philippines three months prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
They were young men, some just boys who had lied about their age. They were Anglos, Hispanos, Mexicans,
Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache. The 200th and 515th would become what is believed to be the most decorated
units of World War II. – Bernadett Charley Gallegos.

Following the surrender of Bataan on 9 April 1942, prisoners were force marched 65 miles – for up to twelve
hours a day for five to seven days – without food, water and rest to Camp O’Donnell. Those that fell behind
were brutally slain. Men were made to dig their own graves and then were buried alive. They were used as target
practice for uninitiated Japanese guards, or executed for having souvenirs of Japanese origin. Men were pushed
in front of passing trucks, their bodies becoming only shadows on the road. One survivor recalled counting two
decapitated heads for every mile of the march.

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