About Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library
Opened by members of New Mexico's national guard shortly after World War II, the museum's main focus is the Bataan Death March, a World War II tragedy in the Philippine Islands that had a significantly harsh impact on New Mexico. When the Japanese captured 70,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers in 1942, most of New Mexico's national guard was among them. Released more than three years later, only half of the 1,800 men from New Mexico survived to return home. On exhibit are maps, press clippings and testimonials, along with Civil War artifacts and items connected to the codetalkers and other Native Americans who participated in U.S. wars. The museum is housed in the original Armory where the regiment was processed for service in 1941.