New Mexico Military Museum

New Mexico Military Museum The primary goal of the New Mexico Military Museum will be to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about New Mexico’s military history.

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Earlier, we posted about the New Mexico Military Museum Foundation, Inc. call for board members. More information can be...
12/28/2020
Call for Members

Earlier, we posted about the New Mexico Military Museum Foundation, Inc. call for board members. More information can be found here.

The New Mexico Military Museum Foundation, Inc. is calling for board members to join their team.

The New Mexico Military Museum Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit group that supports the New Mexico Military Museum locat...
12/27/2020

The New Mexico Military Museum Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit group that supports the New Mexico Military Museum located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Foundation is looking to round out its board with individuals who have experience in grant writing, fundraising, and social media. However, all interested parties are encouraged to apply – especially those with a basic understanding of museums and/or historical projects.

For more information, visit our website (link in bio/about). See our latest news on our HOME page, or select Museum News.

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We hope you stay safe and healthy during this holiday season.#nmmilitarymuseum #newmexicomilitarymuseum #happyholidays #...
12/22/2020

We hope you stay safe and healthy during this holiday season.

#nmmilitarymuseum #newmexicomilitarymuseum #happyholidays #happyyule #happychristmas #merrychristmas #happychanukah #happyhanukkah #fewdayslateforthatone #sorry #eightcrazynights #happykwanzaa #andanyothersiforgot #lasposadas

New Mexico National Guard History December 1940
12/04/2020

New Mexico National Guard History December 1940

New Mexico National Guard Headlines from December,1940
12/04/2020

New Mexico National Guard Headlines from December,1940

11/25/2020
Medal of Honor recipient SSG Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura

Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, a New Mexico native who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War, spoke to the New Mexico Military Museum in his home in Gallup before his last speech to the U.S. Navy Seabees.

Hershey recounted his time in service during his talk, from completing basic training during WWII to his time as a prisoner of war in the Korean War. He also shared his best advice for young servicemen and women.

11/23/2020
New Mexico National Guard

The New Mexico National Guard Hall of Honor Selection Committee inducted the members of the Hall of Honor class of 2020 in a virtual ceremony November 21, 2020.

The inductees of the NMNG Hall of Honor represent the best of the men and women who have served the state and nation, both in and out of uniform.

The inductees of the class of 2020 are 1st Sgt. Manuel Armijo, 200th Coast Artillery and the oldest Bataan Death March survivor; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Richard J. Quigley, New Mexico Army National Guard Fixed-Wing Detachment commander and Vietnam veteran, and Col. Robert L. Sands, a veteran of World War II Korean War and the New Mexico Air National Guard.

The New Mexico National Guard Hall of Honor will induct the members of the class of 2020 in an online ceremony virtually Saturday, November 21, 2020.

The inductees of the NMNG Hall of Honor represent the best of the men and women who have served the state and nation, both in and out of uniform.

The inductees of the class of 2020 are 1st Sgt. Manuel Armijo, 200th Coast Artillery and the oldest Bataan Death March survivor; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Richard J. Quigley, New Mexico Army National Guard Fixed-Wing Detachment commander and Vietnam veteran, and Col. Robert L. Sands, a veteran of World War II Korean War and the New Mexico Air National Guard.

Fun Fact: Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day - commemorating the end of World War I. However, due to World War II...
11/11/2020

Fun Fact: Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day - commemorating the end of World War I.

However, due to World War II and the Korean War, “armistice” was changed to “veterans” to honor American veterans of ALL wars. #veteransday #newmexicomilitarymuseum #nmmilitarymuseum

10/06/2020
New Mexico National Guard

Lt. Gen. Edward Baca Legacy Video

Lt. Gen. Edward D. Baca Legacy video.... LTG Baca, who retired from the NMNG following 42 years in uniform, served as the Adjutant General of New Mexico for 11 years before being appointed as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau by President Bill Clinton.

He gained a national reputation for the National Guard’s involvement in community-related activities to include extensive involvement in Counterdrug and Drug Demand Reduction activities and Youth-at-Risk Programs. He was widely recognized as a champion of veterans and was a role model for Hispanic and other minority youth. At the onset of the Vietnam Conflict, he volunteered for active duty and overseas deployment and served in the Republic of Vietnam. In memory of Lt. Gen. Retired Edward D. Baca

We are currently hard at work creating reopening procedures, policies, and more. Keep an eye out here and on our website...
10/05/2020

We are currently hard at work creating reopening procedures, policies, and more. Keep an eye out here and on our website (link in bio) for our reopening date as well as our modified hours. Thanks all and stay safe. #newmexicomilitarymuseum #nmmilitarymuseum

Information on this panel discussion, speakers, and the new documentary APOCALYPSE ’45 is now available. Visit below for...
09/02/2020
Tragedy and Triumph: New Mexico and Apocalypse '45

Information on this panel discussion, speakers, and the new documentary APOCALYPSE ’45 is now available. Visit below for more as well as for instructions on how to register for the event.

This panel discussion is created in conjunction with the new documentary APOCALYPSE ’45 and in commemoration of the 75th anniversary or the

World War II came to its OFFICIAL conclusion in 1945 aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay. While Japan unconditionall...
09/02/2020

World War II came to its OFFICIAL conclusion in 1945 aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay. While Japan unconditionally surrendered a month prior, the ceremony was placed on hold until representatives from the major Allied powers could arrive. The ceremony lasted 20 minutes. Signatories included the United States, Japan, China, Britain, USSR, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.
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Today in New Mexico Military History - 77 years ago today (August 18, 1943) marked the end of Operation Husky of the Sic...
08/18/2020

Today in New Mexico Military History - 77 years ago today (August 18, 1943) marked the end of Operation Husky of the Sicilian Campaign (World War II) in which the New Mexico National Guard's Company C (old Company F from Las Vegas, NM), 120th Engineer Combat Battalion participated in.

In the story links below, Gilbert Gallegos relates finding a captured Nazi flag at the Albuquerque Museum which was signed by members of Company C, many of them from the Las Vegas area.

The link to the story is here: Caution-http://gilsnmgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/07/60th-anniversary-of-operation-husky.html < Caution-http://gilsnmgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/07/60th-anniversary-of-operation-husky.html >

Mr. Gallegos describes visiting the museum to see the flag here: Caution-http://gilsnmgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/12/special-flag.html < Caution-http://gilsnmgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/12/special-flag.html >

Three of the author's relatives, Eloy, Clemente and Tony Gallegos signed the captured flag.

Photos are courtesy of Mr. Gallegos' blog, as well as a unit photo of old Company F from Las Vegas from an article written by Dr. Maurilio Vigil.

Siempre Listos! (Always Ready) - the motto of the 120th Engineer Combat Battalion during World War II.

Research courtesy of Charles Martinez, New Mexico National Guard Historian

This donation came to us from the NMARNG OCS Class 62-19. The artwork was generously donated by @jessiestandridge We’re ...
08/12/2020

This donation came to us from the NMARNG OCS Class 62-19. The artwork was generously donated by @jessiestandridge We’re hoping to add it to a future exhibit which will put together various types of artistry associated with current military stories and military history. #nmmilitarymuseum #newmexicomilitarymuseum #art #leatherwork #newmexico

Happy 230th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!
08/04/2020

Happy 230th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!

Happy 230th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!

Today marks the 77th Anniversary of the Invasion of Sicily.  New Mexico's 120th Engineer Combat Battalion was part of th...
07/10/2020

Today marks the 77th Anniversary of the Invasion of Sicily. New Mexico's 120th Engineer Combat Battalion was part of the 45th Infantry Division and supported the Infantry Regiments of the Division.

A copy of the 10 July 1945 "45th Division News" which commemorates the 2nd Anniversary of the invasion is attached.

WWII History of the Invasion of Sicily:
Caution-https://history.army.mil/brochures/72-16/72-16.htm?fbclid=IwAR2MmqNgKA6Uc7KHFzHDYVnGwnHesEx8iyCpmudKJsjbV4jmvkuUmOloCb4 < Caution-https://history.army.mil/brochures/72-16/72-16.htm?fbclid=IwAR2MmqNgKA6Uc7KHFzHDYVnGwnHesEx8iyCpmudKJsjbV4jmvkuUmOloCb4 >

Also attached is a photo of Major General Geoffrey Keyes and other men on 10 July 1943 (SC 175920, Credit NARA). The official caption of the photo is: "Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Keyes, Deputy Commanding General, 7th Army; an American officer; Maj. Gen. Ridgeway, Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division and members of their staff on the beach of Gela, Sicily, at 8:15 AM." 10 July 1943.

Major General Keyes was born in Fort Bayard, New Mexico and when he was the II Corps commander, fired the 200,000th round of the 804th Tank Destroyer Battalion with Company B (out of Raton, NM) in April 1945. He was also the brother-in-law of New Mexico Rough Rider Maximiliano Luna (his older sister Berenice was Luna's wife).

The New Mexico Military Museum wishes you a Happy (and safe) Fourth of July weekend.
07/04/2020

The New Mexico Military Museum wishes you a Happy (and safe) Fourth of July weekend.

The New Mexico Military Museum is located in the Old Santa Fe Armory - also known as ‘La Armeria de Santa Fe.’ It was th...
06/12/2020

The New Mexico Military Museum is located in the Old Santa Fe Armory - also known as ‘La Armeria de Santa Fe.’ It was the second armory built in Santa Fe and became the home of Battery C of the 200th Coast Artillery which played a major role in the defense of the Philippines and were part of the Bataan Death March. This location also served as New Mexico's induction center during World War II. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Ref. # 11000530). #nmmilitarymuseum #newmexicomilitarymuseum #militarymuseums #militaryhistory #bataandeathmarch #armory #newmexico #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces

On this Day: June 6, 1944, 'D-Day.'Also known as the Normandy Landings — among other 'operation' code names — 'D-Day' wa...
06/06/2020

On this Day: June 6, 1944, 'D-Day.'

Also known as the Normandy Landings — among other 'operation' code names — 'D-Day' was a hard-fought allied victory. It not only began the liberation of German-occupied France, but paved the way for western Europe’s liberation as well. In addition, it laid the foundation for Allied victory on the Western Front.

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Memorial Day Program from 75 years ago / NMNGs 120th EngineersHere is a program from Memorial Day 75 years ago, when our...
05/26/2020

Memorial Day Program from 75 years ago / NMNGs 120th Engineers

Here is a program from Memorial Day 75 years ago, when our New Mexico National Guard's 120th Engineers (as part of the 45th Infantry Division) honored their comrades that gave "the last full measure of devotion."

Memorial Day Program from 75 years ago / NMNGs 120th Engineers

Here is a program from Memorial Day 75 years ago, when our New Mexico National Guard's 120th Engineers (as part of the 45th Infantry Division) honored their comrades that gave "the last full measure of devotion."

The New Mexico Military Museum remembers and thanks you for your service. Take this day to remember and thank those who ...
05/25/2020

The New Mexico Military Museum remembers and thanks you for your service. Take this day to remember and thank those who served and those who continue to serve.
#memorialday #memorialday2020 #thankyouforyourservice #thankyouforyoursacrifice #military #nmmilitarymuseum #newmexicomilitarymuseum

May - This month in New Mexico National Guard History
05/19/2020

May - This month in New Mexico National Guard History

May - This month in New Mexico National Guard History

Proper collections care and management is a SUPER important aspect of museums - AND a high priority for us right now. He...
05/14/2020

Proper collections care and management is a SUPER important aspect of museums - AND a high priority for us right now. Here are some “tools of the trade” that curators, collections managers, and those who handle artifacts should recognize. #newmexicomilitarymuseum #nmmilitarymuseum #collectionscare #gaylordarchival

Today is the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day. Here are some local New Mexico newspaper headings proclaiming the Victory in E...
05/08/2020

Today is the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day. Here are some local New Mexico newspaper headings proclaiming the Victory in Europe.

Today is the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day. Here are some local New Mexico newspaper headings proclaiming the Victory in Europe.

Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, and commemorates the end of WWII in Europe.Caption: S...
05/08/2020

Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, and commemorates the end of WWII in Europe.

Caption: Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company A, 804th Tank Destroyer Battalion holding a newspaper with a headline that reads, “IT’S ALL OVER OVER HERE”, 9 MAY 1945.

This photo, courtesy Rich Moran, from Tank Destroyer, includes the following identified soldiers...

Surnames of New Mexicans in all CAPS: Front Row, Left to Right: Frank McCall, Claud YATES (Cuervo, NM), Charles Croston, Marrion LEDBETTER (Portales, NM), Bill Romonchuk Second Row, Standing: Phil Repko, Walter McGarvey, Adrian PADILLA (Gallup, NM), James Lavespare, Carl Dahlstier, Jack Dunham, Harvey EDMISTEN (Roswell, NM), Lupe V. HILL (Silver City, NM), Edward Buckner, Arthur Clark, {next man standing is Italian, his name is Pietro}. On top of tank: Joe M. GONZALES (Roswell, NM), Vincent Maniscales, John E. Paulsen YATES: (1913-1984), Buried: Tecumseh, OK; LEDBETTER: (1920-2003), Buried: Dallas, TX; PADILLA: (1910-1947), Buried: Gallup, NM; EDMISTEN: (1922-2014), Buried: San Juan Co., NM; HILL: (1916-2003), Buried: Fort Bayard, NM; GONZALES (1919-???)

04/23/2020
German Swastika emblem is demolished at Zeppelinfeld in Nurnberg,Germany. HD Stock Footage

Today in history April 22, we remember the role that our New Mexico National Guard's 120th Engineers played in defeating Nazi Germany.

The U.S. Army held a victory parade at the main grandstand. Afterwards, the men of the 120th Engineer Combat Battalion blew up the Hazenkreuz (swastika) on the Stadium (Zeppelinfeld) at Nurnberg, Germany overlooking the parade ground. According to Mike Beckett of the 45th Infantry Division Museum, the Engineers used about 10 times the TNT they needed to blow this symbol. A piece of the debris is in the 45th ID museum. This act symbolized the end of Nazism.
(Contributed by Charles Martinez)

Here is a short video about this event:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTodK24KG6E

CriticalPast is an archive of historic footage. The vintage footage in this video has been uploaded for research purposes, and is presented in unedited form....

Happy Earth Day 2020!! We had a small planting celebration planned for Earth Day this year but, due to the current situa...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day 2020!! We had a small planting celebration planned for Earth Day this year but, due to the current situation, we had to postpone. Sad times but everyone’s safety should be the priority. Continue safe practices and enjoy today’s beautiful weather. #nmmilitarymuseum #newmexicomilitarymuseum #spring #earthday #newmexico #santafe

04/09/2020
New Mexico National Guard

HAPPENING NOW!!!

Please join us as we honor our heroes at the 78th Commemoration of the Fall of Bataan in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

04/07/2020

This week in New Mexico Military History:
2 APRIL 1946 - New Mexico’s forces on Bataan formally inactivated at Fort Mills, Philippine Islands.

5 APRIL 1917 - 1st Infantry Regiment mustered out of Federal service at Columbus, New Mexico and returned to State control.

5 APRIL 1942 ​- New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery Regiment, along with the 192nd Tank Bn and 194th Tank Bn defend Bataan from coordinated Japanese attacks.

6 APRIL 1917 - Washington, D.C. - At the request of President Woodrow Wilson, Congress votes to declare war against Germany and Austria-Hungary (known as the “Central Powers”) bringing the United States into World War I.

Home | The Digital Collections of the National WWII Museum : Oral Histories
04/02/2020
Home | The Digital Collections of the National WWII Museum : Oral Histories

Home | The Digital Collections of the National WWII Museum : Oral Histories

The National World War II Museum is home to thousands of oral histories and hundreds of thousands of photographs. This website offers the visitor a way to browse a sample of these collections and purchase images if interested.

The National WWII Museum
03/31/2020

The National WWII Museum

In a few minutes, join us right here on our page for Ask a Curator: Ghost Army Edition with James Linn.

Tuesday, March 31, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time

National Museum of American History
03/27/2020

National Museum of American History

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The primary goal of the New Mexico Military Museum will be to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about New Mexico’s military history. This museum will seek to strengthen public understanding of how conflicts have shaped the state of New Mexico as well as the national experience.

​By documenting, preserving, and exhibiting the stories of war through our collections, we hope that we may begin a dialogue with the community about how wartime efforts have shaped the state of New Mexico and the world-at-large.

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Just this morning I discovered that my mysterious, missing (ancestor-wise) Great-Uncle Charles Logan Jackson of Dexter, NM served in the Great War as a Private in Battery 'A' 146th Field Artillery - omg!
Thank you and congratulations for tonight's ribbon-cutting event, movie and talks. Bravo for Ken, Pam, and for the whole team of volunteers who worked hard to refurbish the museum, promote awareness, education and remembrance of the movers and shakers of New Mexico's history.
420 years ago today ... The group of citizen-soldiers that formed the core of what became the New Mexico National Guard crossed the Rio Grande River in what is now El Paso to began their long journey northward. 420 years - Siempre Adelante!!
Great work by 2LT Anna Doo on freshening up our social media presence for the musuem!
I had the honor of attending a memorial service this week with Chaplain Krupnik and Chaplain Jimenez at St. John's Cathedral in Albquerque. The service was presided over by Bishop Vono. They hold this ceremony every year. Mark your calendars now for December 11th 2018!
The New Mexico National Guard Museum brought a cannon out to Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo on October 21st 2017.
The Grandfather I never got to know, gave his life in WWII. MELENDEZ, ALFONSO CAPT O-331782 200th COAST ARTILLERY REGIMENT UNITED STATES ARMY In March of 1942 with the leaving of MacArthur to Australia a reorganization created Groupment A a provisional brigaide in which Captain Melendez became adjutant and personnel officer serving on Corregidor. Prisoner at camp Cabanatuan - Aboard the hell ships Oryoku Maru which he survived the bombing by the US Navy planes, then was transferred to Brazil Maru headed for work camps in Japan - Died 1/26/1945 (according to various records) 3 days before arriving in Fukuoka Japan on 1/29/1945. RIP and thank you for your service for all of us.