Sixty-years ago, after the surrender of
Philippine-American forces on Bataan, the
surviving service members were forced to march
to Camp O’Donnell, over 100 miles away,
starving, sick and wounded. This event became
known as “The Bataan Death March.” The Bataan
survivors were denied food and water, and those
who could not keep up were physically abused.
Many of those soldiers were members of the New
Mexico National Guard.
Today, the Albuquerque Bataan and Corregidor
veterans are preserving the memory of those New
Mexico soldiers with the Bataan Memorial Park
and the unveiling of the new Bataan Memorial
Monument. With this memorial, we can all honor
those who suffered through and survived Bataan.
Major General Randall E. Horn
The Adjutant General
New Mexico National Guard