The 200th Coast Artillery Regimental Band on board the S.S. President Coolidge en route to the Philippines.

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Young men from all across New Mexico, from all walks of life, joined the National Guard at the end of the Great Depression. The New Mexico National Guard, the oldest in the United States, traces its origins to the Spanish Colonial Period of the 17th Century.

The Regiment was shipped overseas on two ships in late August and early September, 1941. 1st Battalion crossed over on the SS President Pierce, and 2nd Battalion on the SS President Coolidge.