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New Mexico Special MacArthur Service Medal (Bataan Medal)

Also known as the 200th CAC Philippine Service Medal, or the Bataan Medal, the medallion is made of bronze in the shape of the Bataan peninsula. Seen on the front side is the Avanyu above which are the words, “Bataan Medal” and below are two crossed artillery pieces with the unit numbers 200 and 515 above them. On the back, the following is inscribed:


“Awarded to the gallant New Mexico soldiers fighting for their country with the 200th Coast Artillery (AA) on December 7, 1941 by their state.”


This medal is awarded to those who were assigned to the 200th Coast Artillery (A.A.) and served under General Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines on 7 December 1941. These personnel were either killed in action or subsequently taken prisoner and forced to participate in the infamous “Bataan Death March” that began after Bataan fell to the Japanese. Next of kin may also receive the award.*



“Command History Newsletter,” Vol. 1, No. 1, August 12, 1991. New Mexico Army National Guard.

General Orders No. 6
DEC. 6, 1946





Presidential Unit Citation

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

Bronze Star

Purple Heart

Prisoner of War Medal

American Defense Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal

Philippines Defense Medal

Philippines Liberation Medal

San Antonio, Texas (1949). Unidentified 200th Coast Artillery veteran, survivor of the Bataan Death March and prisoner of war for 3 years and 7 months, holding his Bataan Medal.


Russell Lee Photograph Collection, Center for American History, University of Texas-Austin.



200th/515th Coast Artillery men awarded the Silver Star:


Jack L. Ellis



Orrall L. Huling



Paul Palumbo



Lee C. Tucker



Frank M. Turner