Baca, Raymond F., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Coast Artillery Corps (1901-1950)
Last Primary MOS
608-Gun Crewman Coast Artillery
Last MOS Group
Coastal Artillery Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 608, POW/MIA
Service Years
1940 - 1942


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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bernalillo, NM
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot D Row 7 Grave 21

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200th Coast Artillery (AA)Philippine DivisionPOW/MIA
  1941-1942, 608, 200th Coast Artillery (AA)
  1941-1942, 608, 200th Coast Artillery (AA)
  1941-1942, 608, Philippine Division
  1942-1942, 608, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
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Last Known Activity
Sgt. Baca enlisted from Albuquerque, New Mexico in January 1941. He served initially with th 400th Coast Artillery (AA) at Camp Luna, New Mexico and then at Fort Bliss, Texas. (Very likely had served with the New Mexico National Guard unit prior to the call up to Federal Service in 1941 as he was a PFC at that time.)

During World War II, Raymond Baca served with New Mexico National Guard unit, 200th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) Regiment.

His unit was called up for Federal service on 6 January 1941. The unit underwent rigorous filed training at Fort Bliss, Texas. The regiment was selected for overseas duty 17 August 1941.

The regiment landed in the Philppines on September 1941 and were assigned to Fort Stotsenberg. It fought until the unit was surrendered in April 1942.

On 8 Dec 1941, Imperial Japanese began their invasion of the Philippines. The 200th was divided to form the 515th Coast Artillery Regiment to provide for the defense of Manila. Raymaond became part of the 515th Coast Artillery Regiment with Company B.

After the artillery were destroyed the 200th and the 515th resorted to fighting as Infantry and became known as th 'Battlin' Bastards of Bataan'. Both units were on the Bataan Peninsula when compelled to surrender on 9 Apr 1942.

Raymond endured and survived the infamous Bataan Death March that followed, but lost his life at Camp O'Donnell POW Camp.


GENERAL ORDERS  (NO. 6)  December 6, 1946

By authority of Chapter 115, Laws of 1945, an Act entitled “An Act to Provide Recognition to Certain Members of the 200th Coast Artillery”, it is hereby ordered that a Ceremony be held in the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday, December 7, 1946, for the purpose of presenting the New Mexico Bataan Medal to personnel assigned to the 200th Coast Artillery (AA) and on duty in the Philippine Islands on December 7, 1941, or to the next of kin of those individuals of that Regiment who now are deceased. This medal is physical evidence of the love and esteem of the citizens of this State for the valiant men who, as members of the New Mexico National Guard, brought great honor to their State by their bravery, loyalty and devotion to duty.

BY COMMAND OF THE GOVERNOR: /Signature/ CHARLES G. SAGE Brigadier General, AUS The Adjutant General

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