Victory in WW II: The New Mexico Story

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No state in the Union made any more significant contributions to victory in World War II than New Mexico. These contributions ranged from extensive strategic research to the sacrifices made in combat by individuals and military units. A disproportionate number of New Mexicans were killed in action or turned up on MIA or POW lists. The New Mexico National Guard was "the first to fire" on Japanese enemies in the Philippine Islands after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Many New Mexicans were forced into the ...
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No state in the Union made any more significant contributions to victory in World War II than New Mexico. These contributions ranged from extensive strategic research to the sacrifices made in combat by individuals and military units. A disproportionate number of New Mexicans were killed in action or turned up on MIA or POW lists. The New Mexico National Guard was "the first to fire" on Japanese enemies in the Philippine Islands after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Many New Mexicans were forced into the Bataan Death March. Gen. Douglas MacArthur stated that New Mexican bravery accounted for slowing down the Japanese advance so that the nation had time to organize a massive counter offensive for victory. New Mexico and the Navajo Nation made another contribution to the war effort with the Navajo Code Talkers. A contingent of the U.S. Marines, they developed the only secret code that was never broken by enemy forces. The rocket experiments of Dr. Robert Goddard had a significant impact on both German and Allied warfare. The secret research at Los Alamos resulted in the development of the first atomic bomb, the single most important factor in bringing the war to an end. Established near the end of the war, the White Sands Missile Range tested the V-2 rocket and became strategically important in the Cold War and in developments in modern space technology. On the home front, New Mexicans made an all-out commitment to the war effort. The slogan "Food Will Win the War" was nowhere more relevant than in New Mexico, as that rural state more than doubled its agricultural production. Women worked in fields, factories, and military installations, and they planted victory gardens and saved precious resources. Likewise, the state played a role in the stepped up production of strategic minerals and oil. These topics and more are covered in this book, providing a sampling of the diversity and extent of New Mexico's contributions to victory in World War II. This document
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  • ISBN-13: 9780826315663
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Dedication
Foreword
Introduction
We Pushed Back the Forces of Darkness
New Mexico's Famous National Guard 2
Beyond Courage: Men of Bataan 6
Reflections of a POW Survivor 12
A Proud History Made By New Mexicans 15
The Vanguard Who Dreamed - Too Soon: Dr. Robert H. Goddard and World War II Rocket Development 16
We Should Not Forget the Lessons of World War II 23
Chronology of World War II from New Mexico Newspapers 24
Early History of White Sands Missile Range 36
We Still Remember the Sacrifices 42
The Value of Secrecy 43
The Navajo Code Talkers: History and Operation 45
The Navajo Code Talkers: Marines with a Special Mission 47
World War II Military Installations in New Mexico 49
Maps of New Mexico Installations 55
Food Will Win the War 62
New Mexico's Role in Keeping America Free 72
New Mexico's Mineral Industry's Contribution to World War II's Victory 73
They Went Into Harm's Way to Help Secure Our Liberty 80
The Homefront: A Personal Experience 81
Families Left Behind 86
POW Programs in New Mexico During World War II 88
Universities Adjust: The Land-Grant College Experience 91
Where Have All the Aggies Gone? 94
New Mexico Military Institute's Contributions 97
Medal of Honor Recipients from New Mexico During World War II 104
Ernie Pyle and His Adopted State 106
Bill Mauldin, Soldier Cartoonist 107
Women's Contributions to Victory 108
First Aggie WAC 111
Detention and Relocation Centers 115
A Japanese-American Experience 116
Escape and Survival 117
A New Mexican with the Tuskegee Airmen 120
A Lexington Survivor 121
The Development of the Atomic Bomb 126
Aftermath and Readjustment 135
References and Recommended Reading 143
War Oriented Facilities 138
Index 146
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