In 1942, the Japanese took over 1,800 men from New Mexico captive on the island of Bataan. After the brutal death march and ... More
Bataan Memorial Military Museum & Library
In 1942, the Japanese took over 1,800 men from New Mexico captive on the island of Bataan. After the brutal death march and three years of captivity, less than half of these soldiers returned home. The Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library is dedicated to the memory of these soldiers and their families. You will find military manuscripts in the library section, and over 30,000 military artifacts in the museum. On occasion, you may encounter a veteran from the death march who'd be glad to recount his story in person. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Reviews for Bataan Memorial Military Museum & Library: 5
A hidden treasure
By A Yahoo Contributor, 12/16/10
As a youngster, I had watched the 200th entrain at Ft. Bliss for their deployment to the
Philippines. I believe it was in August of 1941. We didn't really know what was going on
nor its signifucance until later. One of my best friends had a half-brother who went.
Fortunately he survived the war and captivity, New Mexico should be proud of that bunch. The curator, Geronimo Padilla, was fantastic. He was prepared to spend all day
once he learned of my sincere interest. Read the book, "Beyond Courage" if you can find it. I visited in 2003.
In September of 2007 I took my parents on a road trip to NM. My Dad, who also happens to be my hero, was a US Marine captured at the fall of Corregidor. He survived 5 prison camps, and suffered unimaginable horrors at the hands of his captors. When he learned about the museum he wanted to go see it. After walking around and stirring up old memories, we were greeted by a fellow, I think the name on his shirt was "Jeronimo". He started questioning my Dad about his service during WWII and they fast became friends. This gentleman treated my Dad like a king! He even asked my Dad to sign his WWII helmet, gave him a Memorial cap, and when we were done visiting he assisted my Dad into our truck. Dad has been walking on air since that visit, and even after his stroke 2 weeks ago, he still remembers the kindness from "Jerry". (I think that was his name) The museum is a wonderful tribute to our brave servicemen and women. It has a wealth of military history.
The curator "Rick" was very personable. Rick was very knowledgeable and was quickly able to help me locate information about my father Gayle Monroe Pruiett, a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Rick gave me his full attention and shared what he knows about other vets in my father's outfit. I am very pleased that my neices and nephews will have a place to visit and honor all of the heroes that have protected our freedom throughout our history. This museum truly honors the "citizen soldier" that has always outperformed our enemies on the battlefield. I would like to personally thank Rick for his service to our country while he was in uniform and thank him for his dedication to this museum.
Close, concise presentation of the military history of NM and the South West. Curator Rick spent a long time in explaining his viewpoints...he is a calm, convincing advocate for the US and New Mexico.
I plan to communicate with NM reps to continue to support this worthy museum project.
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