200th Coast Artillery men constructed the cement marker in front of Headquarters Battery at Logan Heights, Fort Bliss, Texas. After the surrender of Bataan, New Mexico's Governor Miles (left) and Adjutant General Charlton (right) had the 200th CAC marker removed from Fort Bliss to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Will Decorate Bataan Memorial

 

DEC. 20, 1944 — SANTA FE, N.M. — The Mothers' Service Club of Albuquerque will provide the Christmas decorations for the Bataan memorial on the Capitol grounds, it was announced today.

Miss Isabel Eckles of the local AWVS which is entrusted with the care of the memorial said the Albuquerque group had requested permission to decoration the marker.

The memorial is a rock and plaster insignia of the 200th Coast Artillery (antiaircraft) made by members of the regiment at Fort Bliss and later moved to the statehouse grounds.

 

“Artistic citizens [of Santa Fe] declared the marker was a monstrosity and should be relegated to the dump heap... It became a little shrine where mothers came to pray for their boys overseas and to bring offerings of flowers.” (Lorraine Carr, April 9, 1971)

 
 

NEW MEXICO'S ETERNAL FLAME

DEDICATED TO HER WAR DEAD

June 18, 1966

 

TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THE 200TH

 

This marker served to designate the location of Regimental Headquarters of the 200th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft), New Mexico National Guard, while stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, during 1941. It was made by the men of that Regiment. Later that year, those same soldiers participated in the heroic defense of the Philippine Islands on Bataan Peninsula and were captured when it fell. They took part in the infamous Death March. Then went behind the curtain of secrecy of prison camps imposed by their captors, the Japanese. Anxiety and uncertainty was the lot of their relatives and friends. This marker was moved from Ft. Bliss and placed on the State Capitol grounds at Santa Fe. Made by their own hands and thus representing an intimate link of memory, this marker became a shrine where friends and loved ones prayed for their deliverance. To perpetuate this sacred memory and to honor the heroic men of the 200th, both living and dead, the People of New Mexico dedicate this monument.

 

THIS PLAQUE PRESENTED BY

BATAAN VETERANS ORGANIZATION