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The New Mexico National Guard Museum is dedicated to preserving the past, present and future of the New Mexico National Guard and to educate visitors about our proud history both in peace and war time. The museum began as a tribute to the Veterans of the infamous Bataan Death March. This tribute remains and has grown into a world-class display that chronicles the struggle and desperate years of the experiences of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery regiments.

New Mexico National Guard
04/10/2019

New Mexico National Guard

NMNG hosts Bataan commemoration

By Douglas Mallary, NMNG Public Affairs

SANTA FE, N.M. - The New Mexico National Guard hosted the Commemoration for the 77th Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan at the Bataan Memorial Building here April 9.

Lt. Col. Donald Braught, the New Mexico Army National Guard's deputy operations officer, was the master of ceremonies.

After the official party was in place, the 44th Army Band played the national anthem and Chaplain (Col.) Elmon Krupnik delivered the invocation.

New Mexico Veterans Services Secretary Judy Griego (representing Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham), Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber; and Maj. Gen. Kenneth Nava, the Adjutant General of New Mexico, made up the official party.

The audience was replete with government officials, their representatives, and senior Guard leaders both current and retired.

"The true guest of honor is William Overmier, a Bataan survivor who is here today with his wife Ann," Braught said. The entire audience spontaneously gave Overmier a standing ovation.

Overmier was the only Bataan survivor to attend this year's ceremony. Braught said that it is estimated that there are just six living Bataan veterans throughout the country.

World War II veterans Silvestre Sisneros, U.S. Navy, and Gilbert Delgado, U.S. Marine Corps, also attended the ceremony, along with relatives of deceased Bataan heroes.

Dressed in WWII uniforms (including a POW uniform), three NMNG members - Master Sgt. Abe Fuentes, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Regensberg, and Sgt. Dean Chavez - read narratives for Bataan heroes 1st Sgt. Vincent Armijo, Staff Sgt. Ernest Montoya, and Cpl. Jack Aldrich.

Braught read the poem, "The Voice of an American Boy."

A joint NMNG color guard lowered the U.S. flag and replaced it with a white flag of surrender before the 44th Army Band played "God Bless America."

Braught read the names of Bataan heroes who have died since last year's ceremony: Richard P. Burke; Ralph Rodriguez, Jr.; Atilano B. "Al" David; Joe S. Romero; and Richard A. Trask, Sr.

A detail from the Recruiting and Retention Battalion fired three rifle volleys in their honor and the 44th Army Band played "Taps" and "Amazing Grace."

Before reading his proclamation of Bataan Remembrance Day, Webber compared the sunny, warm weather to the cold of last year's ceremony.

"It's a beautiful day and a great day for remembrance and thanks," Webber said. "Liberty does not come freely."

Griego recognized attendee Becky Christmas, national president of American Gold Star Mothers, before reading the governor's proclamation.

Griego said that the Bataan veterans are more than survivors: "They are the defenders of liberty and freedom."

When Nava took the podium, he asked the audience to give another round of applause for Overmier.

"He just turned 99," Nava said of Overmier. "Bill, you look great. Ann, thank you for taking such good care of him."

Nava recalled how retired Maj. Gen. Kenny Montoya arranged for Bataan veterans to mentor NMNG leaders during Montoya's tenure as adjutant general. Ernest Montoya became Nava's mentor and friend.

Nava used the accounts by Ernest and others, including historians, to describe how the Bataan veterans fought a superior Japanese force for four months without replacements or resupply before being ordered to surrender.

The Bataan veterans continued to resist in captivity. Those POWs forced to work in military plants sabotaged the items they produced.

Nava read Frank Hewlett's poem, "The Battling Bastards of Bataan," in its entirety to give the audience an appreciation for how the Bataan veterans felt.

Nava then turned to the subject of healing.

"One of the greatest lessons that I've learned from our veterans of Bataan and Corregidor is the importance of forgiveness," Nava said.

In closing, Nava said, "The duty of the New Mexico National Guard is to remember Bataan."

We shall not forget... Remember Bataan! That's the New Mexico National Guard's promise to our Soldiers of the 515th and ...
04/10/2019
New Mexico salutes the veterans of Bataan

We shall not forget... Remember Bataan! That's the New Mexico National Guard's promise to our Soldiers of the 515th and 200th Coast Artillery.

The state on Tuesday honored the 1,800 New Mexican servicemen who took part in the World War II battle.

04/09/2019
New Mexico Adjutant General

New Mexico Adjutant General

Today we commemorate a very sad day. It has left an indelible mark throughout the State of New Mexico. Today, 77 years ago, over 70,000 Filipinos and Americans were surrendered to the 14th Japanese Imperial Army. Many were forced to march 65 miles in what would become known as the Bataan Death March. We will have a ceremony in Santa Fe at the Bataan Memorial Building at 11:00 a.m. to remember this event. The public is invited to join the NMNG and NM Department of Veteran Services. Never Forget! Remember Bataan!

03/30/2019
150th Special Operations Wing

150th Special Operations Wing

In honor of our brothers and sisters who were called to action in Vietnam, thank you for your sacrifice. #Gratitude #VietnamVeterans #REDFriday

(Air National Guard Video by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sanders) #Taco150 Air National Guard

12/12/2018
New Mexico National Guard

New Mexico National Guard

This is the third clip in our series of holiday videos recorded for the Airmen of the 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron deployed to Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, in 1968.

12/12/2018
New Mexico National Guard

New Mexico National Guard

This is another video recorded for the Airmen of the 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron deployed to Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, in 1968. Take a moment to remember and thank those who have served this holiday season!

12/06/2018
New Mexico National Guard

New Mexico National Guard

This is the first of many family holiday videos recorded for the Airmen of the New Mexico Air National Guard's 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron during their deployment to Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, 1968.

New Mexico National Guard
08/28/2018

New Mexico National Guard

100th Anniversary of the End of World War I Symposium

(SANTA FE, NM) --The New Mexico World War I Centennial Commission and the New Mexico History Museum presented a World War I History symposium August 25 to highlight the Centennial of the end of World War I.

Topics discussed included:
World War I: “The Great War”
New Mexico’s Role in “The Great War”

World War I ended 100 years ago this year, when a ceasefire was signed on November 11, 1918 to end hostilities between the Allied Forces (the United States, France, and the United Kingdom) and Germany.

New Mexico became our nation’s 47th state just two years before the war erupted due to longstanding tensions in Europe. Nearly 14,000 New Mexicans were sent to fight in the war—with 228 killed in action.

Other topics covered by panel of speakers included how the assassination of a prominent member of royalty sparked the war, how an intercepted telegraph from Germany to Mexico led America to finally enter the war which it had resisted entering, and the key role an artillery unit from the New Mexico National Guard played in the war--and why it received some of the highest accolades from the war by U.S. Army Commanding General John “Black Jack” Pershing.

08/24/2018

Come see our World War I exhibit at the New Mexico Military Museum! Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

08/09/2018
New Mexico National Guard

New Mexico National Guard

A video tribute to the New Mexico National Guard's historical service to our state and nation. "Legacy of Honor... Siempre Adelante."
Special thanks to Vinny Stenerson for his great work and dedication to helping us tell our Soldiers and Airmen's story

New Mexico Military Museum commemorates an overshadowed WWI
05/29/2018
New Mexico Military Museum commemorates an overshadowed WWI

New Mexico Military Museum commemorates an overshadowed WWI

An interactive exhibit is designed to inspire people to learn more about the reasons behind the war, the men who fought it and the political, cultural and military impact it

In anticipation of the opening of our new WWI exhibit this Saturday the 26th of May, we will be sharing a unique WWI art...
05/25/2018

In anticipation of the opening of our new WWI exhibit this Saturday the 26th of May, we will be sharing a unique WWI artifact every day this week.

Today's artifact is a 1914 field surgery kit. This would have been issued to a doctor at an aid station, for rapid treatment of wounds. The large metal circle affixed to the kit was to hang the instruments from a tent pole or any other available verticle surface.

In anticipation of the opening of our new WWI exhibit this Saturday the 26th of May, we will be sharing a unique WWI art...
05/24/2018

In anticipation of the opening of our new WWI exhibit this Saturday the 26th of May, we will be sharing a unique WWI artifact every day this week.

For your consideration today is a U.S. Soldiers PX purchased shaving kit. This kit was manufactured by Gillette Razor Company, and includes several original wrapped razor blades. Kits such as this would have been sold at training bases for the Soldiers to take overseas. Shaving was very important during the war, as it ensured a tight seal on the Soldiers gas mask. The cover of this kit has been personalized with an infantry insignia, denoting company "M"

In anticipation of the opening of our new WWI exhibit this Saturday the 26th of May, we will be sharing a unique WWI art...
05/23/2018

In anticipation of the opening of our new WWI exhibit this Saturday the 26th of May, we will be sharing a unique WWI artifact every day this week.

Today's artifact is an original WW1 German Machine gun proficiency badge. This badge was awarded to gunners who gained proficiency in the operation and employment of the MG08 machine gun. This badge is in unisuued condition, with the original wool and backing plate. The badge retains over 90% of the original gilding on the gun and belt.

In anticipation of the opening of our new WWI exhibit this Saturday the 26th of May, we will be sharing a unique WWI art...
05/22/2018

In anticipation of the opening of our new WWI exhibit this Saturday the 26th of May, we will be sharing a unique WWI artifact every day this week. Today's artifact is a fragment of the original German surrender flag, carried by the officers that signed the armistice ending the war. This flag was attached to a staff car that carried German officers and statesmen across French lines, and to a meeting with French General Foch. At the meeting the Germans formally signed armistice papers that would restore peace to Europe.

04/09/2018
New Mexico Adjutant General

New Mexico Adjutant General

Join us April 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bataan Memorial Building in Santa Fe to honor the 76th anniversary of the Surrender of Bataan.

New Mexico Adjutant General
04/08/2018
New Mexico Adjutant General

New Mexico Adjutant General

It was my honor to do a segment on New Mexico Living talking about our New Mexico Bataan heroes and the sacrifices they endured for our freedom. I invite you to join us Monday, April 9, 11 am for our annual Bataan Commemoration Ceremony at 407 Galisteo, Santa Fe (Just west of the State Capitol.)

An interesting aspect of the local wartime history.In Gary Herron's Rio Rancho Observer article, he notes:------A team o...
03/15/2018
Speaker recalls WWII Japanese-American internment camps

An interesting aspect of the local wartime history.
In Gary Herron's Rio Rancho Observer article, he notes:
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A team of historians from Colorado State University, working under the direction of Assistant Professor Sarah Payne at the Public Lands History Center, last year completed a project to preserve and spread the stories of Japanese-Americans detained in New Mexico confinement camps during World War II.

That project, “Confinement in the Land of Enchantment: Japanese-Americans in New Mexico during WWII,” resulted in historic markers, a book and an interactive online story map documenting the stories of the families who suffered imprisonment as a result of racism and wartime hysteria.
Read the full article at
http://www.rrobserver.com/news/features/article_6bf3ac68-26d0-11e8-8f52-efdfa0752b77.html

Atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II are well-known, as well as the horrors inflicted by the Japanese on American soldiers during the Bataan Death March.

Women's History Month and the World War I Centennial Commission --Janice Brown on the Cow Hampshire web site notes that ...
03/08/2018
2018 National Women’s History Month: NH Women & World War I - World War I Centennial

Women's History Month and the World War I Centennial Commission
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Janice Brown on the Cow Hampshire web site notes that "When we think of World War I, most of us picture the men in military uniform readying for battle. Women played as great a part in everything. Some women served as yeowomen, nurses, telephone operators and others who were often on the battlefield and subject to the same grave dangers of bombs, gas, and disease. The women left behind experienced great hardships, but also it was a door of opportunity for them." Read more about the Women's History Month program on Cow Hampshire Blog .
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http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/4150-2018-national-women-s-history-month-nh-women-world-war-i.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Official site of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. In WW1 nearly 5 million men & women joined the US military (116,516 died, 204,002 wounded). They deserve their own memorial.

New Mexico Military Museum Honoring New Mexico's Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Coast GuardsmenPresented by the New...
03/08/2018

New Mexico Military Museum
Honoring New Mexico's Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen
Presented by the New Mexico National Guard

New Mexico Military Museum
03/08/2018

New Mexico Military Museum

The New Mexico Adjutant General, MG Ken Nava, speaks to visitors at the museum about the New Mexico National Guard, the ...
03/07/2018

The New Mexico Adjutant General, MG Ken Nava, speaks to visitors at the museum about the New Mexico National Guard, the facility itself, exhibits housed here, and future plans for our historic space.

In a beautifully written tribute by Ali Linan from Las Cruces Sun-News and posted to Military.com, the daughter of Bataa...
02/20/2018
Bataan Death March Survivor Julio Barela Dies at 101

In a beautifully written tribute by Ali Linan from Las Cruces Sun-News and posted to Military.com, the daughter of Bataan Death March survivor, Julio Barela recounts why she believed so many of the New Mexico men survived the ordeal.

"My dad said a lot of the survivors were men who were not used to a lot; they'd come from large families, they're farmers, orphans, a lot of farm boys from New Mexico," Dawson said. "They were used to hard work, managing the heat. Survivors' mentality and the grace of God."

Rest in Peace Julio Barela. Thank you for your service and a life well lived.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/15/bataan-death-march-survivor-julio-barela-dies-101.html

Julio Barela, one of the last Bataan Death March survivors, died Monday due to complications from pneumonia.

Congratulations to Joe Romero on being bestowed the honors you earned in service to our great Nation during WWII.World W...
10/03/2017
Updated: Bataan survivor gets his medals: 'We will never forget their sacrifices'

Congratulations to Joe Romero on being bestowed the honors you earned in service to our great Nation during WWII.

World War II veteran and Bataan Death March survivor Joe Romero salutes New Mexico National Guard New Mexico Adjutant General Kenneth Nava after Nava presented him with military service medals in Albuquerque on Saturday. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Las Cruces native Joe Romero is presented with honors a few days before his 97th birthday

New Mexico's military history is incredible.  The story of the individual person is what makes it so very interesting.  ...
08/24/2017

New Mexico's military history is incredible. The story of the individual person is what makes it so very interesting. Tech Sgt Robin Hopkins is one of those individuals that truly lives up to our legacy of honor!

Congratulations to Tech. Sgt. Robin Hopkins, 150th Security Forces, for being only one of two Air Guardsmen honored at the U.S. Air Force Portraits In Courage Concert. Her courage and desire to return to duty after all she had been through is an inspiration for all of us.

07/17/2017
New Mexico National Guard Museum

A video tribute to the New Mexico National Guard's 'Legacy of Honor'... Siempre Adelante!!!
Come visit the museum and share the experience with your family.

Special thanks to Vinny Stenerson for his work on this video.

07/11/2017
New Mexico National Guard

New Mexico National Guard

A video tribute to the New Mexico National Guard's 'Legacy of Honor'... Siempre Adelante!!!

Special thanks to Vinny Stenerson for his work on this video.

Legendary New Mexico: New Mexico National Guard protects for centuries
05/30/2017
Legendary New Mexico: New Mexico National Guard protects for centuries

Legendary New Mexico: New Mexico National Guard protects for centuries

Walk through the New Mexico National Guard Museum in Santa Fe with historian-soldier Captain Gabriel Peterman and every artifact has a colorful and often somber story. One of his favorites, photos …

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