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.

“We're good soldiers, and are taking it with our chins up... Naturally, we regret that our troops could not have been given assistance, but we are proud of the fight they put up against overwhelming odds. That's the spirit that will win the war.”


— Mrs. Howard Meyer

President, Mothers Service Club (NM)

Mother of 515th's William H. Meyer