Less than a mile from where I live in Las Cruces is a small park honoring those Americans who suffered so much in the Bataan Death March in the Philippines in World War II. The captives included a large contingent from the New Mexico National Guard. Frank Hewlett wrote a poem that begins:
We're the battling bastards of Bataan
No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam...
We owe our freedom to such men, and I won't forget them.