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Bataan Memorial Ceremony

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico, Inc., in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque and the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico, held it's annual Bataan Memorial Ceremony on April 5, 2008 in Bataan Memorial Park.

 

This year our ceremony's focus was on the current effort to have the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Bataan Veterans. This honor is the highest civilian award our Country can bestow on its citizens. Legislation to award this honor was sponsored by Congressman Tom Udall and co-sponsored by Congresswoman Heather Wilson. Both legislators were featured speakers.

 

Afterwards, were wonderfully surprised by a gifts of photographs from Jose Castillo of Rio Rancho, New Mexico who happened by the Park during the ceremony, and Morris Bitsie who has previously provided photos for the Foundation.

 

Congressman Udall

 

Congresswoman Wilson

Photo by Morris Bitsie


John Love, a Las Cruces, New Mexico native, was originally attached to Hq Btry 1BN 200th CA(AA). He was later transferred to C Btry 200th CA(AA). [BCMF]

Ernest Montoya, A Btry 515th CA(AA), and Andrew Miller, 19th Bomb Sqdr, 20th Bomb Group, were both surrendered on Corregidor. [BCMF]

Survivor Frank Lovato, Hq Btry 1BN 200th CA(AA), re-enlisted after liberation, and joined the Air Force, the uniform he is seen here wearing. [Castillo]

Survivor William Overmier, B Btry 200th CA(AA), slave labored in the shipyards at Yokohama, Japan. [Castillo]

Max Casaus and Socorra Silva

Mrs. Silva's husband, Agapito “Gap” Silva, passed away June 17, 2007. [Castillo]

Kulintang Ensemble of Albuquerque

Albuquerque's Filipino community has given their support annually since the dedication of the Bataan Memorial in 2002. [Castillo]

Joe S. Romero

A Btry 200th CA(AA) [Bitsie]

Chaplain Russo, NMNG [Castillo]

Faustino Olguin

A Btry 515th CA(AA) [Bitsie]