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On the Home Front: Letters to the Governor of New Mexico

  New Mexico | Gavino Rivera | Oral and Charles Cheney


In April 1942, as word of the fall of Manila and America's defeat in the Philippines spread, worried families petitioned the government, including the governor of New Mexico, for news of their sons.

Letter

508 South 11th Street
Albuquerque,
New Mexico
April 22, 1942

Honorable Gov. John E. Miles
Santa Fe,
New Mexico

Dear Governor Miles:

Of all the reports of the fighting men from New Mexico, have been from the army and nothing has been said of those in the Air Corps.

We have a son who is with the 19th Hdq & Hdq Squadron of the Air Corp. and was stationed at Clark Field in the Phillipines at the time it was bombed. We haven't heard from him since the fall of Manilla.

And we are much concerned as to his present whereabouts. Just to know where he is would be a big relief. Whether he was transferred elsewhere or was he left on Bataan?

Any information you can secure for us as to his whereabouts will be deeply appreciated beyond words. We cannot understand why this should be such a military secret in informing the boys parents where they are located.

Sincerely,
Melvin Clarke

His last address:
Corporal Richard S. Clarke
19 Hdq & Hdq Squadron
Clark Field
Pampanga,
Phillipine Islands
Serial #6296282



Western Union Telegram

VN387 20/23=ALBUQUERQUE NMEX 9 705P
Received 1942 MAY 9 PM 7 39

GOVERNOR MILES=

I WOULD LIKE INFORMATION OF LALO RAMOS OF RATION NEW MEXICO WAS STATIONED HEADQUARTER BTRY 200 COAST ARTILLERY FORTSTATSENBURG PHILLIPPINE ISLAND ANS COLLECT WU=JOSE ROMAS.



Letter

Gallup N. Mex.
May 9 - 1942

Gov John E. Miles

My Dear Sir

Any information about my boys will greatly appreciated both belong to the Battery D 200 CA (AA).

Porfirio Diaz, Jr. NO. 20.843354
Joseph G. Diaz NO. 20.843313

Yours very truly
Porfirio Diaz



Western Union Telegram

VN402 13 3 EXTRA=GALLUP NMEX 9 740P
Received 1942 May 9 [...]

HON JOHN E MILES=

WAS CHARLES ISKRA LISTED AS ONE WHO ESCAPED TO CORRIGDOR= MRS ANNA ISKRA 104 WEST MALONEY.



Letter

Cubero N. Mex.
May 10, 1942

Governor John E. Miles
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dear Governor:
This is only to ask about my sons who were at the Phillipines, My sons Martin and Gabriel Tafoya. I would like to get information about them, that is if you possibly can give me.

Yours respectfuly,
Mrs Felicita Tafoya
Cubero N. Mex
Box 73



Letter

Pinehaven New Mexico
May 12, 1942

Governor John E. Miles
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dear Sir:

I was told you had the list of the war prisoners of the Philippines. I have a son which I haven't heard from since Christmas, serving on the 200th A.A. (C.A.). Battery B. Name Manuel Garcia from Pinehaven, New. Mex. Box 16, Parents - Mr. Amado Garcia & Mrs. Perfectita Torrez Garcia. If his name appears on your list please let me know. Thanking you for your favor I remain

Yours truly,
Mr. Amado Garcia
Pinehaven New Mex
Box 16.



Letter

Clayton, New Mexico
May 16, 1942

Dear Gov. Miles,
Could you give me any information of my son? He was in the Philippines - "Pfc. Clayton - F. Howell, C.A, A.A. Battery A, of the 200th Division of New Mex. own, Suppose to of been on Bataan when it fell - I had my last letter March 31 from him - said he was sending it out Feb. 14 - (of course did not say how or where he was then).

I am just another very much worried mother and will appreciate any information very much.



Hiram Dow, (former Lt. Gov. of New Mex.) is a first cousin of mine.
May I hear from you soon? Thank you very much --
Sincerly,
Mrs. James Howell
11 Cherry St.
Clayon, N.M.



Letter

Socorro N. Mex.
Dec. 27, 1942

John Miles
Santa Fe N. Mex.

Dear Sir: --
Since December 24, 1941 I have not heard anything, nor know anything about my son whose name and last address is the following: --

Pvt. Ignacio Baca
200th C.A (AA) Bty A
Fort Slotsenburg
Pampanga P.I.

If you can do anything to help me and get some information about him, I would surely appreciate it.

Yours Truly,
Serito Baca



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