3/6/2011 4:07 PM MST
I was christened, Roberto Carlos Sandoval. Carlos Armijo,
was my baptismal godfather. He and my father, Joseph
Sandoval, were the best of friends in Las Vegas.
1948, I was preparing to make my first communion. Of course
the question comes up as to who were my godparents? That's
when I found out about Carlos, and the infamous death march
that eventually claimed his life. Death being a foreign
concept to me, I'm not sure of my reaction at the time. I do
know that Mrs. Armijo, Carlos' mother, did attend the small
reception at we had at my grandmother's home. Her gift to me
was Carlos' first communion prayer book and a $5 bill he
gave her. I hope I still have the prayer book.
I didn't know it, but for years, my father, who was also a
vet, wanted to know how Carlos perished. Many years later,
he asked a POW from Las Vegas, who was also in the same POW
camp, and he told my father the story. I don't want to relay
the story as it would only be hearsay on my part.
If any family member sees this posting, I would like to hear
from you regarding my godfather Carlos.
Carlos Arturo Armijo from Las Vegas,
New Mexico, was attached to D Battery, a Gallup, New Mexico
battery. When the Regiment was split the night of December
8, 1941, Carlos was reassigned to D Battery in the newly
formed 515th Coast Artillery. Ready to give up on the Bataan
Death March, he was saved by the 200th's Miguel Gallegos who
pulled him from a ditch and aided him on to Camp O'Donnell.
On July 7, 1942, Carlos succumbed to disease at Cabanatuan
prison camp. His remains were reinterred post-war at Manila
American Cemetery. Carlos' sister Carmen was married to the
brother of the father of the 200th's Robert Blattman who was
liberated at war's end.
1/15/2011 8:52 PM MST
This note is to let you know your service and the suffering
you survived shall never be forgotten. I lived in Manila for
two months with all the modern conveniences and I can’t
imagine what it must have been like or you fellas. I spoke
with the young Filipinos I lived with and unfortunately they
seem to have little knowledge of the WWII prisoners of war,
which dismayed me. I tried to explain why they should
remember what happened to all of you including captured
Filipino prisoners but they seemed strangely removed from my
concerns. Apparently, time has erased the events no American
or Filipino should forget.
I am an Air Force veteran. I have spent the last 30 plus
years in a wheelchair since being paralyzed during my duty.
I served state-side during the Vietnam era.
I have a special appreciation for all my brother veterans
and a particular spot in my heart is held for POWs. I try to
tell my family and friends what I know about Bataan. I’ll
never forget your sacrifice. Frankly, it's hard for me to
understand why our government has not recognized Bataan like
they do for Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
I shall attend one of your monthly meetings before I die.
Thanks for keeping our country free.
11/23/2010 11:38 PM MST
Your website honors us all, but especially those who served
there. Thank you. My father, S/Sgt Nick Terrazas, from
Gallup, served in the 200th/515th. He never got over the
shock of it. In his late years I took care of him as he was
declining. He would often scream in his sleep, and when I
would rouse him he would raise his arms to protect his face
as if thinking I were a Japanese soldier about to beat him.
He never really recovered from the illnesses of the prison
camps in the Philippines, Formosa, Manchuria or Japan, and
was awarded full veteran's pension for most of his last 20
years. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, but
never really spoke of the details of the war to us in the
family. So much of it is a mystery to us. He died in
Albuquerque 1996, had a huge military funeral in Santa Fe
where he is buried.
11/15/2010 5:39 PM MST
I came across your post on the Bataan Memorial website (read
post) and I wanted you to know that I was moved by your
consideration of Mr. Chavez's family in New Mexico. My
grandfather, Reynaldo "Buffalo" Gallegos was a member of the
200th Coast Artillery out of Santa Fe and if not for his
strength and determination, I simply would not be here
today. We are all blessed to live in this beautiful country
and it is men like you, my father (served in Viet Nam with
the 25th Infantry) and my grandfather who make it possible.
Thank you sir.
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8/27/2010 8:16 AM MST
I would like to find out if there is anyone with any
information on my great Uncle Homer Ray Dawes, who did not
survive the death march and died Jan. 2, 1943.
If you could post this to your guest book that would be
6/26/2010 9:51 AM MST
I was wondering if those that posted knew or met my uncle
Alejandro Montes during the Death March, or if you might be
able to post a message to the list and anyone that did know
him reply to me personally?
6/10/2010 9:23 PM MST
I just found this wonderful website. I grew up across from
Bataan park and raised the flag there for 15 years until my
commissioning as an ensign in the Navy in 1983. My Father,
Bob Thomas, carried on the tradition until his death in
2003. I had an Uncle, Orlando De Venzeio, who was a death
march survivor and a member of the 200th Coast Artillery.
Bataan park was a great place to grow up as the other
neighborhood kids and I played in the park daily. I fondly
remember the memorial day ceremonies and I attended each one
of them. I was quite taken by the pomp and pageantry and is
probably one reason why I joined the Navy. While I was
stationed in Guam Eva Jane Matson published her book "It
Tolled for New Mexico." There is a chapter in the book
entitled "Six boys and the Flag" devoted to all of us who
raised the flag.
Thank you for honoring the survivors. I will spend many
hours going over this website.
Samuel P. Sears
12/5/2009 11:53 PM MST
After my grandma passed away, my mom discovered a box in the
cedar chest that contained several pieces of information
regarding my Great Uncle Paul Palumbo.
The military correspondence indicates that Uncle Paul died
September 7, 1944 when the Hell ship transporting him was
sunk. We are fortunate to have his flag, a large picture of
the 200th, three of his medals and the correspondence
surrounding his ordeal, but we don’t have any other
information about him or the circumstance during that time
period. My grandmother told us stories of train rides from
Trinidad to New Mexico to try to learn anything about Uncle
Paul and what might have happened to him and the frustration
of not having any tangible news.
My research to learn more about Uncle Paul and his unit, the
200th, led me to this website. Thank you very much to all
those that bravely served and thank you very much to all of
you that have worked tirelessly to preserve the memory,
sacrifice and triumph of all those who answered the call.
Please post this on your Guest Book. If anyone has any
information about Paul Palumbo, we would be grateful to
learn more about him.
Thank you so much,
8/29/2009 6:33 AM MST
I just found your web site this morning. We are looking for
information on Lt. Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur, he was a
Chaplain at Clark Field during the initial attack. He was
with the 19th Bombardment Group.
He was in Albuquerque, New Mexico for his training.
We would appreciate any information.
Thank you so very much,
Carrol and Richard Lafleur
BCMFofNM Note: From [then] Kirtland
Air Field in Albuquerque, New Mexico, under command of Lt.
Colonel Eugene Eubank, the 19th Bomb Group, made aviation
history when it was deployed to the Philippines. For the
first time ever, a mass flight of heavy bombers (B-17s) flew
the 2,400 miles from the west coast of the United States to
Hawaii. Prior to December 8, 1941, 16 of these bombers were
located at Del Monte Air Field on Mindanao. After the
devastating loss of aircraft in the December 8, 1941 bombing
of Clark Field, men from Clark Field were ordered to Del
Monte, and when those planes were eventually ordered to
Australia, many of these men were left behind and would
become prisoners of war in May 1942, while those left on
Luzon would be absorbed into other units and would make the
withdrawal into the Bataan Peninsula.
Father Lafleur was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in comforting
the dying and wounded on the first day of the war, December
8, 1941, in the Philippines, just hours after the attack at
Pearl Habor. When the Hell Ship Shinyo Maru was sunk on
September 7, 1944, Father Lafleur was last seen at the
bottom of a ladder in the hold of the ship, assisting his
fellow prisoners of war up the ladder. Only 83 of the 750
prisoners made it to shore.
Memorial Mass at St. Landry Catholic Church
in Opelousas, Louisiana will be held
on September 7, 2009 to celebrate the life and works of
7/22/2009 10:40 AM MST
My name is Bob Durham and as a teenager I lived on Clark Air
Base. In those days (late 60’s) it was still possible to
explore the jungles around the base and come across old gun
concrete emplacements some that still bore signs scratched
in the wet cement that they were erected by the 200th CA.
And in my collection of memorabilia I still have a stripper
clip from a 1903 Springfield and a 30/06 cartridge case no
doubt fired at Japanese aircraft.
I've also spent considerable time on Bataan, and have been
to Cabanatuan and I want all the veterans to know that at
least one member of my generation has not forgotten their
William B. Brunt
7/20/2009 7:29 PM MST
I am trying to find out more information concerning my
father, Loyal B. Brunt, who was part of [F Battery, 200th
Coast Artillery]. I believe he was captured during the fall
of Bataan. I have a PMPC note from Camp 4 and that is all I
know. Dad never discussed his war or capture. If anyone
could supply information about the camp he was in, and the
person, Bob Byard, whom I am named after and who died in a
prison camp, I would greatly appreciate any information.
William B. Brunt
BCMFofNM Note: Tried to respond via
E-mail to Mr. Brunt, but mail was returned as undeliverable.
PFC Loyal Brunt was a prisoner at
Fukuoka Camp #3 at Yawata, later Kokura, Japan. PFC Robert
Alvin Byard, also in F Battery, died in July 1942 at
Cabanatuan prison camp — possibly by execution. Both men
were from Carlsbad, New Mexico, and both men were National
Guardsmen, federalized with the Regiment on January 6, 1941.
6/28/2009 8:48 PM MST
I am trying to find additional information about my Great
Uncle — Garrett Arledge - who was part of the 515th CA,
killed at Bataan on December 26, 1941. Military records show
“a finding of Death” of which I assume means some form of
corroboration was found to support that he did not survive.
The story related to me from my Grandmother was that a
member of her Brother Garrett's company came to visit after
the war and informed the family that he was killed in an air
raid while loading a supply truck. Is there any way to find
information that supports the story or to find out exactly
how a “finding of death” is determined? Garrett was
stationed at Fort Bliss prior to being shipped out to
Bataan. The last letter home was postmarked August 28, 1941.
There is a family photo of Garrett on a Coast Artillery gun,
but the date is unknown. My Great Grandmother passed away
always believing the her son was still alive and would be
coming home. I suppose I am mostly hopeful that there is
still someone out there that knew my Great Uncle and knows
what happened the day he died.
BCMFofNM Note: Garrett Arledge was
attached to G Battery 200th Coast Artillery, and after
December 8, 1941, was reassigned to Half-tracks with one of
the Tank units.
5/21/2009 11:35 AM MST
My uncle José E.T. Mascareñas died in the Palawan Masacre.
Thank you for your sacrifices to our Country and the
Soldiers currently serving in the US Military.
5/18/2009 10:47 AM MST
I'm Robert Salas, and my uncle, Pvt. Frank Arriola, died on
the Arisan Maru. I am still hoping someone may have known
him in the Bataan Death March.
Thanks, Robert Salas
BCMFofNM Note: PFC Robert Salas was
attached to Hq Co., 31st Infantry Regiment
4/22/2009 2:01 PM MST
My uncle, Alfonso B Sanchez, 515th Coast Artillery Regiment,
from Raton, NM, died or was killed as a POW at Cabanatuan on
American Battle Monuments Commission website lists him
as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. I was born and raised
in Raton, have relatives there including my father, who
served in WW II in Saipan. With assistance from then US
Representative Udall, I was able to obtain the awards and
decorations he deserved and get them posted on the ABMC
site. Another uncle, died in Bastogne and is buried at
Luxembourg American Cemetery. My maternal grandfather was
asked if he wanted the body brought back to the US, but he
said, “not until they find my other son.” I was fortunate to
visit Luxembourg while stationed in England. I took pictures
of his grave for my grandmother and parents. Unfortunately,
my grandfather had already passed away so he never knew. I
couldn't go to the Philippines to see the Bataan memorial
there. I'm pleased with your Bataan Memorial knowing how
much respect is being paid to these brave military men.
CMSgt Lou Georgieff
San Antonio, TX
4/2/2009, 11:36 AM MST
My great-uncle Jesse Woolworth died at Camp O'Donnell.
Thanks to this website, I found out more information than my
late father Lavern Woolworth provided me. I was also
wondering why American POWs weren't returned to the US upon
their death… Another question, I remember my grandfather
Charles Woolworth received Jesse's Purple Heart and another
medal. Jesse never married nor had children, but he does
have several great-nieces and great-great nephews now and I
was wondering if they replaced these items. They were lost
in a house fire back in the 1970s. If anyone can answer my
questions, I would appreciate it.
Debra Woolworth Marquez
L. Baros, Sr. (ret.)
11/17/2008, 8:50 AM MST
I am (Retired) SFC Ivan L. Baros Sr., descendant of Juan
Ramos (515th Coastal Artillery)! He was my grandfather's
brother and am seeking any information anyone might have!
Any photos, letters or even references to him in any
correspondence! He was from Tularosa, NM and eventually died
there after his very long battle with many illnesses on his
return to NM! He never talked about the trauma he endured
and could only be heard crying for his fallen comrades from
time to time! He was never the same! Any information would
be greatly appreciated! Thank You in advance! I can be
(Retired) SFC Ivan L. Baros, Sr.
6/8/2008, 4:11 PM MST
Hi, I recently received a package containing a few
possessions and a notebook that belonged to Carl V. Ireton,
who was my great-uncle. The notebook contains the names of
several other POWs that were held at Mukden. I will be
publishing the names on my website at
www.iretonfamily.com/carl.htm. Among the possessions is
a tag with the number “958”, which was Carl’s POW number.
There are also a few buttons from Australian and/or British
uniforms, can openers, a sewing kit, and two Japanese
stamps. I believe these meager items are all that Carl had
when he was evacuated. Amazingly, a good man named Ray Snow
found these items in an antique shop in Oklahoma, about 40
years after Carl passed away, and returned them to the
I would like to hear from anyone that knew Carl.
Mark W. Ireton
2/4/2008, 2:25 PM MST
My Uncle, George W. Howard was one of the ‘Battling Bastards
of Bataan’, in the Death March and imprisoned (lastly) at
Ashio, Japan after passing thru O'Donnell, Clark Field,
Cabanatuan, Bilibid, and Osaka Zoren. I have recently come
into possession of some of his letters, etc. from that time
and am trying to put together a memorial from them. I
realize there are few of you left, but does anyone remember
him? He was a ranch bred boy from Lindrith, NM. Does anyone
know where Beneau Foster, Ray Owen, Red Manace, Charley Ross
or Jimmy Lopez wound up. My Uncle speaks of them in his
letters. I know Beneau Foster and Ray Owen were on the March
with my Uncle and returned home. I wish for the same for the
others as my uncle spoke so frequently and fondly of them.
This is a wonderful website and has allowed many to pay
tribute to a group of men who gave all to their country.
3/26/2007, 9:10 PM MST
I am the band master of the 44th Army Band of the New Mexico
National Guard. We were the 200th Coast Artillery band
during WWII. Anyone that has information regarding members
of that band is encouraged to contact me at my e-mail
address or my office phone number listed below.
2/24/2007, 8:45 AM MST
I have a copy of “BATAAN OUR LAST DITCH”, by John W.
Whitman. This is an exceptionally excellent description of
the individuals and events of that time in our history. I
would be happy to pass this book on to any organization or
individual who might be interested.
12/20/2006, 6:53 AM MST
I just got back from Manila where I had the privilege and
honor of visiting the American Cemetery. I was deeply moved
and speechless just seeing how beautifully well kept it was
and all the valiant heroes that are buried there. Being that
I’m a Vietnam combat veteran it was especially hard to
remain composed. While viewing all the crosses I came across
the name “Berto Chavez 200 CA REGIMENT NEW MEXICO”. I was
born in Deming so it his name really caught my eye. It left
me wondering if any family member was ever able to see his
final resting place. I took a picture of his cross and I
video taped the cemetery. If there is a family member that
would like a copy of it I would be honored to send it to
them. You can contact me by email or regular mail.
14110 Ivanpah Rd
Apple Valley, CA 92307
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William “Bill” Harrison
3/31/2006 10:13 PM MST
I am looking for information regarding my uncle Arthur James
“Jimmy” Harrison, MSgt, 38012689, CAC, 200th 1 Bn Hq. He was
a survivor of the Death March and was rescued from
Cabanatuan. I have gotten some information from his brother,
my father Lawrence Harrison, now 94, but as with many
survivors he understandably didn’t speak much of his
experience. Though born and raised in Fresno, California, I
know that after his return he took up residence in Texas and
died when I was a youth, perhaps around 1960, and was buried
at a (veterans?) cemetery in or near Forth Worth. My father,
who was quite close to Jimmy before the war, still cries
when I ask him questions about his brother and says that
although he survived “he was never the same, estranged and
reclusive”. My father said that he visited his grave once
and was quite upset about its condition and its lack of
acknowledgment of what his brother had given to his country.
I know he wrote a letter to the Department of Veterans
Affairs asking them to remedy the situation and saying that
his brother had “died for his country” long before they put
in the ground.
I have read “Ghost Soldiers” and numerous Internet postings
from survivors and others, but other than seeing his name on
the Rescue Roster, I have never seen his name mentioned by
anyone. I know that there are very few survivors still
living, but I’m wondering if any of them might have some
fond recollection of him both for my own sake and to share
with my father. Toward this end, I would be interested in
any information you might have or resources or references
you might be able to recommend.
I know that Uncle Jim somehow survived the unimaginable. The
things he witnessed and the things he might have had to do
to survive perhaps are better left unknown, but I know that
in his heart he was a very good man from a loving family who
fate chose to have to endure his time in hell. Your help in
coming to terms with this family tragedy is appreciated.
William “Bill” Harrison
316 N. Santa Rosa Avenue
Modesto, CA 95354
2/24/2006 7:07 PM MST
I am Gene Smith. I live in West Virgina with my beautiful
Fil-Am wife, Nita. Nita has written two books on the Fil-Am
experience in American. I would be glad to send info to
anyone who e-mails me.
Gene M. Smith
8/14/2005 10:50 AM MST
Like most of us who have a relative who was on the “Death
March” I am pleased to find a web site like this one. My
father, Lloyd G Malnati, was in the 200th Btry. A, and I
heard many stories about his experience while I was growing
up. I wish now that I had written down the names of the men
he had talked about, so that a more accurate account of what
happened inside the POW camps, Hell Ships, and slave labor
camps in Japan could be shared. Thank you for putting
together this site.
6/8/2005 07:45 PM MST
I recently found out that my great-grandfather was a POW in
the Japanese camps. He served in the 200th and then in the
515th (I believe). His name was Trinidad Otero. He left
behind a beautiful wife and two children (including my
grandmother) when he was killed in December of 1944. His son
(also Trinidad Otero) and grandson later served in Vietnam
and they are both wonderful uncles to their nieces and
nephews. I suppose I just wanted to acknowledge my
great-grandfather Otero and what he and many, many others
went through to ensure our freedom remained.
BCMFofNM Note: Pvt Trinidad Fidel
Otero, G Btry. 200th CA(AA) and G Btry. 515th CA(AA), died
in the Massacre at Palawan on December 14, 1944. He was 28
4/30/2005 12:19:07 AM MST
My Uncle, Stanley Ozimkiewicz, was a member of the 515th
Coast Artillery. How he got there when he grew up in
Detroit, Michigan is a mystery to me. The last of his
siblings are now deceased and there is no one of whom to ask
questions. I grew up knowing only that he was “a tall blond
Polack who survived Bataan only to die when his prisoner
ship was sunk.” I have since, thanks to the Internet,
learned that he was on the ill fated Arisan Maru when she
sank. After reading “Ghost Soldiers” and watching “Sleep My
Sons” I found your site. Thank you for this wonderful
memorial in memory of all those who sacrificed so much. I
pray my son in the Naval Academy will not have to suffer as
much but will live up to his memory. If anyone has any
recollection of my uncle, I would be happy to hear from
2/21/2005 01:38:05 AM MST
My uncle, Lewis Lawton “Jack” Lansford was in the 200th
Coast Artillery, Headquarters Battery. He was from Waco,
Texas. Cecil Uzzel, Jake Light and a Davis were all from the
same poor neighborhood (East Waco). All were picked up by
the 200th. From the information that I grew up with, he had
escaped to Corregidor and was captured there.
My mother still cries to this day about her big brother. Our
young years were formed around this pain, she couldn’t even
speak about it but for a few sentences. Today it is no
different. She also started a relief organization here in
When I was 12, I met Cecil Uzzel. I will never forget the
tears that never stopped falling and the anguish I felt
coming from his heart. He told me Jack had saved his life
when he was hurt in a coal mine and carried his coal so he
could eat. He had never spoke to any of my Mom’s family til
then, 1970. I understand why. I cannot bring myself to talk
to him again, to ask him questions, for I remember my first
knowledge of anguish. I have kept up with him, and I will
always Love and Remember him.
If anyone knew my Uncle, or has any information, Please
share it with me. He was at Niigata 5-B, and died January
14, 1944, supposedly of pneumonia. Another 200th man died
the same night.
2/13/2005 01:17:55 AM MST
I would only like to thank both my father and my uncle for
their duty to this country during WWII. My father was in the
Army in the ETO operations, very close to Germany, very
close. My uncle was in the Pacific theatre during the
bombing of Pearl Harbor. He told me on one of his many
visits, that he had to swim under water in order to escape
the burning fuel, dead sailors, and the ever seemingly
endless bombs in order to escape. Both are gone now, but
there isn’t a day that doesn't go by that I don’t thank both
of them for their valiant fight for freedom that we so enjoy
today. God Bless you Daddy & Uncle Al, God Bless. Your fight
is now over, enjoy the peace and freedom that God Almighty
has bestowed upon you. I miss both of you very much and wait
until the time that I can thank you in “person”. Your loving
daughter and niece.
11/6/2004 03:38:41 PM MST
My name is Clyde Ely and I’m looking for information about
my Uncle, Captain Clyde E. Ely who shipped out with G
Battery, Silver City and died in 1945.
BCMFofNM Note: CAPT Clyde Earl ‘Jack’
Ely, Jr., from Silver City, Grant County, New Mexico, was
the son of Brigadier General Clyde Earl Ely, who immediately
preceded Colonel Charles G. Sage as commanding officer of
the 200th Coast Artillery (or CO of the 111th Cavalry before
reorganization). Captain Ely was transported on board the
Hell Ship Oryoku Maru. After the Oryoku was sunk on December
15, 1944, Captain Ely was transferred to the Enoura Maru.
When the Enoura was bombed and sunk on January 9, 1945,
Captain Ely was injured. He was then transferred to the
Brazil Maru which finally made port in Moji, Japan on
January 29, 1945. Captain Ely was sent to Fukuoka 3-B
Prisoner of War Camp at Yahata (or Yawata), on the Island of
Kyushu, where he succumbed to disease on February 20, 1945.
In 1949, the remains of Captain Ely were repatriated and
interned at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.
10/30/2004 12:32:52 MST
Gentlemen: I am a Filipino born two decades after World War
II who, among with other millions of Filipinos today, owe
the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor an immeasurable debt
of gratitude for the freedom we now enjoy. The reason I
wrote the Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New
Mexico is because I want to inform your goodselves that the
Japanese have stealthily, like what they did at Pearl
Harbor, erected a memorial to the Kamikaze in its birthplace
at Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines just recently with no
less than a full-size statue of a Kamikaze pilot in full
battle regalia. As a freedom-loving and patriotic Filipino,
I am gravely disturbed by this development. To me this is a
supreme insult to the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor,
many of whom died in that infamous Death March. The Kamikaze
was a desperate instrument of death unleashed by the
Japanese against the American liberation forces in the
Pacific. What disturbs me is that those responsible for this
alleged “peace memorial” would like to rewrite history by
distorting the role of the Kamikaze in World War II. The
atrocities committed by the Japanese in the last war should
never be forgotten. I hope that from your end, your group
can perhaps mobilize a concerted effort among the “Battling
Bastards of Bataan” in America so that this “Memorial of
Shame” will be stricken down. To you I am forever grateful.
Very truly, ATTY. JOSE PAOLO G. ARIOLA, Bacolod City, Neg.
Hollis O. Blakesley
10/18/2004 10:47:58 MST
In March, 2002, I visited Corregidor Island and from there
rented a small boat to reach Bataan. I hiked the route of
the Bataan Death March from Mariveles to San Fernando. The
railroad used to transport prisoners from San Fernando to
Capas no longer exists. I visited the site of the infamous
Camp O’Donnell, which is now the location of the impressive
Capas National Shrine. America should never forget what
happened on the Death March or the suffering experienced in
Japanese prison camps. Respectfully, Hollis O. Blakesley
4/25/2004 3:47:19 MST
Thank you for all the dedicated hard work you have done in
preserving this important history and helping keep the
memory alive of these brave patriots and heroes. I continue
to find your web page and highlights very interesting and
informative. My father’s half-brother was SSGT Bensis
Torres, Battery G, 200th/515th CA. Mike Villarreal,
11/2/2003 3:19:23 MST
Hello, My name is Eileen Rogers Mullins. My father, Joel Lee
Rogers, from Bayard, New Mexico was a member of the New
Mexico National Guard and was part of the 200th when the
bombing of Pearl Harbor took place. The 200th was broken
into the 200th and 515th and he went to the Philippines with
the 515th. He was in the Bataan Death March and was in
several of the prison camps and finally shipped to Japan
where he was under forced labor in the carbide plants until
the war ended. My father was one of the blessed ones who
survived and came back after the war. I am very proud of my
father and the many wonderful men and women who proudly
served their country...some surviving and some giving their
lives for what they truly believed in. I want to thank you
for putting this website together to honor those wonderful
men and women. My only regret is that we didn’t do these
things while more of them were alive to be honored. Thank
I would like to thank you for this memorial web site and
would like this to be posted. I had two Uncles who where, I
think on the “Death March”, and I am trying to get any
information I can concerning them. I am pretty sure they
died on a prison ship to Japan. Their names were both
Tubbleville (brothers), one was H. M. Tubbleville and the
other was O. W. (Oscar Wilburn) Tubbleville. I got some info
from Dr. Paul Ashton’s books but would really like to know
more. They where both in the coast artillery. THANX.
BCMFofNM Note: H. M. and Oscar W.
Tubbleville were attached to the 59th Coast Artillery. They
lost their lives when the Hell Ship Arisan Maru was sunk on
24 October 1944.
I am a Masters in History student at New Mexico State
University in Las Cruces, NM currently researching my thesis
on 1st Lt. Albert Fall Chase, 81st Division, 73rd Regiment,
1st Battalion. Lt. Chase was a prisoner of war in Camp No.
Davao (Dapecol) on Mindanao from July 1942 to August 20,
1944 when he was transported out. During his time at Davao
he worked in the rice paddies and was also placed on the
Lasang airfield detail. Lt. Chase did not survive the
sinking of the Shinyo Maru. I would appreciate anyone who
either may have known Lt. Chase and/or would be able to give
me more details of Davao or Shinyo Maru contacting me. Thank
you. Nancy E. Shockley (P.O. Box 3077, Las Cruces, NM 88003.
Phone is 505-647-3150 until August 1).
Hello, my name is Eric Piano. My great uncle Fredrick
Wallace died in Camp O’Donnell. He was part of the 200th
Coast Artillery New Mexico National Guard. I was wondering
if anyone knew him or remembers him or has any information.
Hello, My father, Dr Carl Swartz, was an MD in the field
hospital at Guimba where the POWs from Cabanatuan were
taken. Dad passed away in February, 2002. He believed
that the POWs made sacrifices for our country that can never
be repaid. I agree with him completely. Please accept my
thanks for all you did and all you put up with. If anyone
remembers a stocky, red-haired doctor at Guimba, I would be
honored to hear from you. Bill Swartz, Albuquerque, NM (505)
Michael R. Duran, son of David J. Duran; named after
brother, Michael who died on Death March.
Benis Torres listed as died 1949, did any survivors remember
Thanks so much for the information on my uncle, Robert Lee
West, 200th Coast Artillery, Battery C. Until now, we never
knew where he died or exactly when. Thanks again, Sonja
Just a quick note. I was recalled to active duty in response
to the 9/11 attacks. As I left for duty, I spoke with my
Uncle Tim Smith. He was with Battery B of the 200th CA, and
later the 515th CA. He was among those captured at Cabcaben.
He was marshaled into the first groups of the Death March,
moving directly towards San Fernando, instead of Mariveles.
He said that this saved his life because they didn’t have to
retrace their steps back towards Cabcaben. My Uncle George,
also of Battery B, escaped by boat to Corregidor. He passed
away in the spring of 2001.
I have a letter that mentions a few names from the Mindanao
force in the Philippines. If you know any of these men, they
are mentioned... For you searchers, Capt Roy Gray, Roy B.
Gray, Boder D. Jordan, Sport Jordan, Tex Howell, J. E.
McNair, Boland, Pappy Knowles, J. H. Knowles. They were in
Cebu, Mindanao, Cagayan, Casisang, Malaybalay, Bilibid,
Cabanatuan, Olangopo, Oryoku Maru, Enoura Maru.
With sadness I let you know that my Father Roger Dewey
Campbell Passed away July 9, 2002 in Escondido, California
at the age of 83. Born December 10, 1917 Albuquerque, New
Mexico. Survivor of the Bataan Death March, and three and a
half years as a Japanese prisoner of war. While on the death
march he stood between a Japanese soldier and two fellow
prisoners who were about to be ran through with a bayonet.
My Father was given two Bronze Stars one with Oak Leaf
Cluster for saving the lives of these two soldiers. Survived
By Mary E. Campbell (Wife), Roger W. Campbell (Son), Gerald
R. Campbell (Adopted Son), Judith A. Foster (Adopted
Daughter). I love you Dad and I will always think of you.
Your Son, Roger Wayne Campbell.
It is my privilege to say that John T. ‘Johnny’ Boyles of
Portales, NM, survivor of the Bataan Death March and POW
camps, is a family friend. Johnny recently married his
teenage sweetheart, Marie, and they are doing great! Johnny
has agreed to tell me his story for a project about Bataan
that I am putting together for my high school students. I’d
love to hear from any other heroes of Bataan or Corregidor.
It is so important that the stories of the heroes are passed
down to the kids of today! God bless Johnny and ALL the men
and “angels” of Bataan! You’re my heroes!
I first became aware of the death march by reading William
Dyess’s article of the death march, while going through
Donner’s Pass going to my dad’s new duty station. Though I
have since been in Japan on my way to Vietnam. I feel no
sympathy for the people who committed these atrocities and
then whine about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They started it and
we did what we had to do to finish it. I walked the ruins on
Grande Island in the mouth of Subic Bay. I went to those
areas safe enough to visit on Bataan. I plan on going back
to the Philippines to see what is left of Ft. Mills on
Corregidor and Ft. Drum and Ft. Frank in the mouth of the
Manila Bay. Gary A. McMaster.
My father was Boyce ‘Doc’ Springer. He was in the 200th
Coast Artillery, survived the Death March, and was a
prisoner of the Japanese for about 3-1/2 years. After
returning from the war he lived in the Texas panhandle near
Amarillo, in Oklahoma, and retired to north Mississippi
where he was born. He died on April 30, 1996 in Tupelo, MS.
I have met both Otis Yates and Banoe Foster who were in the
prison camps with him. I went with him in the early 1960’s
to visit the mother of Reece Clay in Tucumcari, NM. I would
like to hear from anyone else who knew my father; I think
all of you are heroes of the first order. This country owes
all of you more than can ever be repaid. Neal Springer, 8548
Bell Forrest Dr., Olive Branch, MS 38654, (662) 895-6261,
We have been told that our uncle, Warren Sullivan, was a
survivor of the Bataan Death March. If anyone has
information as to his participation or whereabouts, we would
appreciate that you contact us. Thank you.
My grandfather Joe Torres was in the 200th and I am very
proud of all of the men that served and gave their lives for
us. I will always remember what happened to these men and
give my full support in any way possible. I think Japan
should pay for what they have done and give to these Vets
what they deserve.
I am searching for information about my uncle, Everett
Werner. He was a member of an Air Force Unit from
Albuquerque, New Mexico that was transferred to the
Philippines just after December 7, 1941. We learned that he
was subsequently killed by the Japanese either in Bataan, or
in Mindanao. I would like to know more about him; where he
died, when he died, and how he died. I also would like to
know where he is buried. Any help would be greatly
Anyone remember Oscar Otero and what unit he was in?
Each year motorcyclists from every part of the County gather
in Washington, DC on Memorial Day Weekend to participate in
Rolling Thunder. The sole purpose is to commemorate the many
sacrifices of our Veterans and to memorialize the brave and
honored POWs/MIAs from all American wars. This year over
300,000 motorcyclists participated. The largest single
motorcycle event in the nation. I rode in honor of my
father, Francis Hall Van Buskirk, Bataan Death March
Click here to see a pictorial tribute of this event. I
am also proud to say I saw a couple there, who rode from
Farmington, NM (4-5 days one way), and in the parade, flying
from the back of their bike, was a large flag, the Zia
symbol of the Great State of New Mexico.
I am searching for information about my uncle, Thomas V.
(Louie) Long. He was in the 200th Coastal Artillery and was
in the Bataan Death March. He died in a prison camp in June
1942. I am trying to put together a biography together on
him for the younger generation of our family so he will not
be forgotten since he never married or had children of his
own. If anyone has any information, please contact me.
My first name is in honor of Sgt. Charles Euphra Mitchell,
200th CA, Battery F. His first sergeant was MSgt. John
Nhulik (spelling?) He made the Bataan Death March and died
in June at Cabanatuan #2 of malaria of the brain. That’s all
I have ever been able to find out about his days on the
March and after his imprisonment. On this Memorial Day
Weekend, I say God bless all of you that survived. You all
made sacrifices the rest of us will never comprehend. God
Bless America. Charles M. Mitchell.
I would like to hear from anyone who knew or has any
information on Sgt. Barnes Olmstead of Sierra County,
Monticello Township, New Mexico. Sgt. Olmstead (#38011833)
was attached to Battery C of the 515 Coast Artillery (The
New Mexico Brigade) in the Philippine Islands in September
1941. He surrendered on Corregidor on May 6, 1942 and was
taken to Bilibid Prison in Manila. He was then transferred
to Cabanatuan Camp No.1. He died of Cerebral Malaria in
Cabanatuan. You may email me or call me at 254-752-3000.
Thanks, Scott Walker.
My mother in law’s favorite cousin, James Spilman, aka
Jimmy, died on the Bataan Death March. She always spoke of
him fondly. She was angry until the day she died about the
way the men were treated. She missed him always. I guess he
was more like the brother she never had. Among her things,
after she passed away, we found a beautiful photo that Jimmy
must have sent her from San Diego before he shipped out. We
are currently looking for his family, maybe a nephew, niece
or someone who would want this lost man’s picture, to whom
it would mean something special. He lived in the Yuba City,
Marysville, CA area before the war. I believe he had family
in the Santa Rosa area also. I will keep trying. He must
have been a special person for someone to have kept his
memory so alive all of these years.
I believe this is a very informative web site. Everyone
should remember the ones who died in the Bataan Death March
and the ones who still live who experienced it. The reason
why I was even looking up anything about the Bataan Death
March was because I had to do a research paper for my eighth
grade American History class. So, I thank my teacher, Mr.
Fisher, in letting me write about the Bataan Death March. I
am glad I had the chance to experience a small part of what
70,000 or so Americans and Filipino soldiers went through. I
My grandfather Thomas W. Ratcliffe marched at Bataan and was
in several Camps. If you knew him please contact me.
I am searching for information on my uncle, Robert Lee West.
He was in the 200th Coast Artillery and died in January or
July of 1943. The only information that I have is that he
was captured when Bataan fell and died in a Jap prison camp.
Lee was from Somervell County, Texas. Sonja Lee West
Burleson, 9913 Dickens Drive, Benbrook, Texas 76126.
I am trying to answer a question for a former POW that was
near a 155mm battery in the Philippines. He was awakened to
hear the commands that went with the firing of the guns. It
has bugged him for the exact commands over the years. He
thinks it kind of was like this, “ready, air, fire” or
something like it. Can anyone help us out? Thanks, Steve.
Good stuff, enjoyable.
I am writing a book about my father and his time in the
jungle after the fall of Bataan. He escaped with Clinton
(Red) Wolfe, who was the cook for H Battery of the 200th.
Red had a rather checkered past. I would like any
information anyone might have about Red before the war and
before the surrender of Bataan. Thank you.
My uncle, Dave Savoy, died on the Bataan Death March. He was
living on a farm with his family on the Pecos River between
Artesia and Carlsbad, NM, when he was drafted into the
service. The family never received any word of what happened
to him. Does anyone remember this serviceman? Any
information would be greatly appreciated. Also, it seems to
me that the New Mexico victims of the Death March should be
listed on some site on the Internet. It seems that they are
not listed on this site (though I think they should be).
Does anybody know of such a web site? Thanks, Marvin
Burrows, Hobbs, NM.
Just wanted you to know that I was there with you. I was in
the Army Air Corps and then in the Air Corps Provisional
I happened to stumble upon your web site this afternoon. I
was an 8 year old, born at Hagerman, NM when the Bataan
Death March happened, but have read many stories about it,
including the Hell Ships. I am a US Navy Veteran and Vietnam
veteran. Maybe your next event I could try to attend or just
do it. Keep up the good work. Respectfully, Ray Flores - USN
I am very glad to see this website, and to hear about the
new Bataan/Corregidor memorial being dedicated in
Albuquerque. My cousin, Captain Fred Jordan (Portales, NM)
was with the 200th Coastal Artillery and was one of the
“Battling Bastards of Bataan.” He survived the battle, the
Death March and the imprisonment, but he didn’t survive the
“Hell Ships.” Fred was on the “Tennko Maru” when it was
torpedoed on the way to Japan in Spring 1944. He was last
seen helping his comrades out of the hold of the sinking
freighter... I don’t think that he would have wanted it any
other way. Years ago, I stood on a battlefield and surveyed
what had just happened with tears in my eyes. My radioman
said, “We should not weep for our dead, but rather we should
celebrate that such men lived among us, and were our
friends.” So, rather than weep, I celebrate the lives, the
spirit and the devotion to duty of the Battling Bastards of
I just returned from the dedication of the new Bataan Park
here in Albuquerque and I just felt compelled to write a
short note. I cannot express in words how much pride and
honor I feel for these great veterans who suffered and
sacrificed so much for the freedom of others. Sixty years is
too long for their story to wait but I am very happy that it
is now being told and they are given the glory and respect
that they so very much deserve. My uncle (Homer V. Spensley)
died in Bataan and my grandfather (Dr. V. H. Spensley) was
active in the formation of the Bataan Relief Organization,
yet my siblings and myself never knew much about all of
this. It seemed that the pain left in my family was such
that they could not talk about the horrible things that had
taken place at Bataan. My hope is that this story will now
be told in its entirety before these great men are lost to
us. Let us all do what we can to document this page in
history and acknowledge these great people and their story.
I am the grandson of Dr. V.H. Spensley and live in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are several of us
(grandchildren) here in Albuquerque and we would be
interested in any info. I have been in touch with William
Overmier here in Albuquerque. I also have some documents,
including a letter from Douglas MacArthur that we would be
willing to share. We look forward to the dedication of the
new Bataan Park here in Albuquerque.
I found this site and was surprised to see a photo of my
Grandfather, Dr. V. H. Spensley dedicating “The Spirit of
Bataan” in 1943. My uncle Homer died in Cabanatuan. Thank
you for this informative site, Dave Spensley.
Information of one our greatest, Amado Romero. Amado, passed
last night 3-11-02. Amado was from Albuquerque NM, one of
the 200th. Our Hero suffered from heart failure.
In memory of my father’s friend, Lorenzo Ybarra Banegas...
We pray that you are still singing your corrido, so
that dad can some-how hear you and give him peace. He so
dearly misses you. The Las Cruces Chapter of Ex-Pows.
Hi, My father Ruben Flores was a member of the 200th Coast
Artillery Regiment that was sent to the Philippine Islands
early in WWII to furnish anti-aircraft support to Clark
Field and Fort Stotensberg. The Regiment later divided to
form the 515th Coast Artillery Regiment. Both of these
Regiments were lost to the enemy action on Bataan when the
Japanese overran the Philippines in 1942. The 200th
consisted of 1,800 men when deployed. After three and
one-half years of captivity, less than 900 men were returned
to the United States. I am proud to share any information
that I can. My father is still alive and will be attending
the April 13, 2002 memorial dedication in Las Cruces, New
Mexico, “If that is God’s Will.” He has been battling his
own war for one year now. To all the Battling Bastards of
Bataan, and the families of all those who have left us to be
our “Angels” Let Us not forget how hard they fought on this
earth, let us fight for their memories.
Thank you so much for the website. My great uncle, David H.
Franklin was on the Death March but never made it back. He
was from Hagerman, New Mexico. The story that was told to my
family was, he was sick, could not go on anymore and was
killed. If there is anyone out there that knows anything
about David and his time on the Death March, I would greatly
appreciate any information. Thank you.
Mike Weaver Bataan Death March Survivor
I am the son of ‘Mike’ Weaver (Lonnie Milford Weaver) who
was captured April 8th, 1942 while gathering intelligence on
enemy positions while serving for the 200th H.Q. squadron in
the Bataan brigade that moved back to try to hold out until
reinforcements would come. Isn’t it interesting how
survivors buried their memories deep upon returning home? I
hear the same stories here on this board that I have
experienced with my dad who passed on February1, 1998.
Memories so terrible and vivid and yet not included in our
school history lessons. So many Americans don’t have a clue.
I feel compelled to make sure his story is told and not
forgotten or written off. Dad buried those memories until he
was interviewed by a college student for a thesis the
1980’s. That was when I learned some shocking truths about
Bataan, the Japanese and Dad’s narrow escapes. He was once
lined up and would have been shot with 9 others when it was
thought a man escaped, but the man was found dead in
My dad, Herman O. Tafoya, Sr., was a Bataan Death March
survivor. He died a few years ago. A day doesn’t pass that I
don’t think about him and all the Heroes of Bataan. So many
stories. So many memories. I salute all of you and what you
did for all of us. May we never forget.
This is wonderful! I was sitting here showing Lieutenant
Colonel Marvin ‘Luke’ Hurley Lucas’ great-grandchildren all
of the medals he got over his 30 years of service in the
Military. I was trying to convey what a brave man their
great-grandfather was and I came across your site. We read
the brief history and it helped to explain what he went
through and how brave he was. I was told when I was very
young that for only one day we could ask Granddaddy Luke any
question we wanted to about the war and then he didn’t want
to talk about it again. I don’t recall all that was said,
this is very complete as to what he went through. I am very
proud of my Granddaddy Luke and I want to learn so much
more. I appreciate your efforts in keeping their memory
alive. God bless you!
My dad, Bernardino Chavez was a member of the 115th infantry
division of the 29th Infantry who landed at Normandy. He
lost his brother, Laudente Chavez in the Bataan Death March,
and my Mom’s brother, Alfonso Sandoval, at Iwo Jima. My Dad
still lives in Cimarron, New Mexico. A lot of the small
towns in New Mexico lost good men in this war, and neither
they nor the men who returned have ever been given the honor
and respect they deserve for the sacrifices they made. I
hope to take my dad to the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC
when it is completed and if he is still living. Please
consider donating to this memorial so it can be built before
we lose more veterans of the generation that “saved the