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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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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Tell us what your child is interested in (bonus points for their age) and we'll send something related your way. It might be a video, an activity, a story, or a surprise!

Our check out this resource page full of activities kids can do both independently or with you: https://americanhistory.si.edu/kids/kids-things-do-home

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We may be closed right now, but we are hard at work researching for our upcoming Civil War exhibit. This exhibit will be...
03/25/2020

We may be closed right now, but we are hard at work researching for our upcoming Civil War exhibit. This exhibit will be an interactive experience. Keep an eye on our website (link in bio) for updates on this project.

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03/23/2020

New Mexico National Guard Historical Actions during the Month of March:

1862
26-28 MAR - Battle of Glorieta Pass. The decisive battle of the New Mexico Campaign during the Civil War. A small detachment (about 30 men from the 2nd New Mexico Infantry), led by Lt. Col. Manuel Chaves looted and burned 80 supply wagons, killed or drove off 500 horses and mules, and spiked the cannon. With no supplies, the Confederates could not advance to capture the silver mines in Colorado. They were forced to return to Santa Fe and then proceed to Texas. This ended the Confederate occupation of New Mexico.

1848
10 MAR - Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican American War. The United States gains territory which will eventually become New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah.

1897
17 MAR - New Mexico Volunteer Militia redesignated National Guard of New Mexico

1916
9 MAR - Pancho Villa attacks Columbus, NM, killing 18 U.S. citizens. The National Guard is Federalized. Guardsmen from Deming, New Mexico, Company I, 1st New Mexico Infantry, break into their armory (still under construction) and make their way to Columbus to relieve the 13th U.S. Cavalry. This action allows more Cavalrymen to cross the Mexican border and pursue Villa’s forces.

1925
15 MAR - New Mexico Flag Day! The current design of the New Mexico flag is officially adopted. It was designed by Dr. Harry Perceval Mera, who served as a medical doctor in the New Mexico National Guard. The Zia on the New Mexico flag would later be incorporated into the insignia of the New Mexico National Guard. The previous design of the flag was created by another New Mexico National Guardsman, Colonel Ralph Emerson Twitchell, who also served as a historian for the State of New Mexico.

1942
9 MAR - War Department General Orders Number 14 is approved. New Mexico’s units are cited as follows:
THE 515TH COAST ARTILLERY, ANTIAIRCRAFT, UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES IN THE FAR EAST, is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action. Constituted initially as a provisional unit on December 8, 1941, when hostilities began, it effected its organization, obtained its material from depot stocks, and was in position to fire by daylight of December 9, 1941. During the period from December 9, 1941, to January 6, 1942, this regiment defended initially Nichols Field and portions of the city of Manila against heavy aerial attacks, materially reducing the effectiveness of the hostile bombardment. After the evacuation of Manila, this regiment, through skillfully executed displacements, successfully covered the retirement of the ground forces into the Bataan Peninsula. Through technical skill and courage and devotion to duty, the regiment contributed in large measure to the successful execution of the difficult movement that made possible the prolonged defense of Bataan.
THE 200TH COAST ARTILLERY, ANTIAIRCRAFT, UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES IN THE FAR EAST, is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action. From December 8-22, 1941, this regiment defended Clark Field, Pampango, Philippines, against attack by overwhelming numbers of hostile medium and dive bombers. Although it suffered heavy casualties in personnel, the regiment, through magnificent courage and devotion to duty, continued to display outstanding technical ability and exacted a heavy toll from the attacking forces, thus materially reducing the effectiveness of the hostile attack. When Clark Field was uncovered by the withdrawal of the North Luzon Force, this regiment, displacing to the rear, successfully covered the retirement into the Bataan Peninsula, contributing in large measure to the successful execution of the difficult maneuver that made possible the prolonged defense of Bataan.
THE 200TH COAST ARTILLERY, ANTIAIRCRAFT, AND THE 515TH COAST ARTILLERY, ANTIAIRCRAFT, UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES IN THE FAR EAST, are cited for outstanding performance of duty in action. From January 7 to March 8, 1942, these regiments were constantly in action on the Bataan Peninsula, covering airfields and artillery and rear installations. Under constant attack by an enemy enjoying unopposed superiority in the air, these regiments, despite heavy losses in men and material, maintained a magnificent defense through outstanding technical ability and courage and devotion to duty, contributing in large measure to the successful defense of the Bataan Peninsula.
What should be remembered about the above actions is the speed in which the above citations were approved. The last date mentioned above (#3, 200th & 515th cited), was March 8, 1942. The CITATION was APPROVED the VERY NEXT DAY!!

21 MAR - Groupment “A” (Antiaircraft Artillery) is organized in the Philippine Islands. This was the parent unit of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 615th Transportation Battalion in 2006 when the unit was stationed in Springer.

1945
15 MAR - Company B, 120th Combat Engineer Battalion (originally from Socorro, New Mexico) completes a bridge across the Blies River. The unit is cited as follows:
“COMPANY B, 120TH ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION, is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action during the period 13 to 15 March 1945 near Frauenberg, France. Company B, in support of an infantry battalion, was charged with the mission of providing crossings for foot troops who were to assault Siegfried Line positions across the Blies River. Personnel of Company B made extensive reconnaissance for crossing sites, cleared the areas of mines and began construction of a foot bridge after leading infantry element had crossed on improvised structures. The bridge was completed only to be knocked out by a direct artillery hit. Work was recommenced, under heavy enemy small arms and artillery fire, while a second bridge was begun several hundred yards downstream. The bridge at the first site was completed four times, only to be destroyed by enemy artillery and the swift current. Although attempts to use assault boats failed because of the heavy enemy fire, personnel of Company B finally succeeded in constructing the bridgehead. Company B completed a second bridge, then crossed the river and continued to work in support of the infantry in breaching the Siegfried Line. The tenacity, courage and determination displayed by the members of Company B reflect credit upon themselves and their organization.”

1975
7 MAR - The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, New Mexico Army National Guard was approved for use. It was redesignated for Headquarters, State Area Command, New Mexico Army National Guard in 1985 and for Joint Force Headquarters, NM Army National Guard in 2003.

1991
18 MAR - Air Defense Artillery Training Activity, NM National Guard, Demobilized from Federal service in Desert Storm at Las Cruces. This is the parent unit in the lineage of 1st Battalion, 515th Regiment (AD)

2006
16 MAR - 126th Military Police Company released from active Federal service and reverted to State control.

As global concern about the current COVID-19 outbreak grows, we’re doing our best to keep our employees and patrons heal...
03/15/2020

As global concern about the current COVID-19 outbreak grows, we’re doing our best to keep our employees and patrons healthy and safe.

Until further notice, the New Mexico Military Museum will be closed to the public.

Stay safe and thank you for understanding.

It’s a gorgeous day out and many of you came to visit us. An item that always grabs the attention of our visitors is the...
02/28/2020

It’s a gorgeous day out and many of you came to visit us. An item that always grabs the attention of our visitors is the M42 “Duster.” This was an armored air-defense gun built for the US Army from 1952 until 1960 by General Motors. This style remained in service until the late 1980s. #newmexicomilitarymuseum #nmmilitarymuseum #militaryhistory #museum

Due to an accident this morning, the Museum will be closed today (Monday, February 24th). We are sorry for the inconveni...
02/24/2020

Due to an accident this morning, the Museum will be closed today (Monday, February 24th). We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further.
02/19/2020
Civil War Reenactment in Socorro

Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further.

WHEN: February 21-23, 2020 WHERE: Socorro, NM (Escondida Lake Park) WHAT: This weekend, there will be reenactments, 1880s dance at the Garcia Opera House, a fas

The New Mexico Military Museum now has a new website. Same address as before: www.newmexicomilitarymuseum.com, but now w...
02/17/2020

The New Mexico Military Museum now has a new website. Same address as before: www.newmexicomilitarymuseum.com, but now with a different layout and more mobile friendly features. Stay up to date with museum news, events, and more.

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The New Mexico Military Museum is now on Instagram as well as Facebook. Find us on either site: @nmmilitarymuseum#nmmili...
02/14/2020

The New Mexico Military Museum is now on Instagram as well as Facebook. Find us on either site: @nmmilitarymuseum

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The New Mexico Military Museum is looking for volunteers. Visit our 'Volunteer' page to see our current volunteer opport...
02/10/2020
New Mexico Military Museum: Volunteer

The New Mexico Military Museum is looking for volunteers. Visit our 'Volunteer' page to see our current volunteer opportunities and to apply!

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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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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.