“Colors of Courage” About the Film The Producers

The Center for Regional Studies at the University of New Mexico promotes the quest for knowledge about New Mexico and the Southwest. Research and related activities that create sources of knowledge are strongly encouraged. The Center also supports interpretation and analysis of historical and contemporary questions that stimulate further inquiry and debate. CRS seeks to disseminate work produced under its auspices; we are pleased to sponsor “Colors of Courage.”

 

— Dr. Tobias Durán, Director, CRS

This film tells the dramatic story of the veterans of New Mexico’s 200th and 515th Coast Artilleries, participants in World War II in the Pacific. These highly decorated regiments suffered incredible punishment during their imprisonment. A Japanese soldier-guard in the Bataan Death March was interviewed for this film; he responds to eyewitness accounts of atrocities committed by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. Sixty years later Bataan veterans Manuel Armijo and Evans García returned to the Philippines — and back in time — recounting experiences of the Death March, the prison camps, and the hell ships. It is a powerful story of courage and heroism. The producers present “Colors of Courage” as a tribute to the World War II veterans who fought valiantly in service to the people of their country.

 

— Tony Martínez, Producer

Son of the late Eddie Martínez of Santa Fe, New Mexico

A Battery 200th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft)

Artwork by Greg Villaseñor, son of the late Gregorio M. Villaseñor of Deming, New Mexico — First Bugler, 200th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft) and Headquarters Battery 1st Battalion 515th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft).