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Sgt Baltazar Marino “Wally” Apodaca

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Sgt Baltazar Marino “Wally” Apodaca

  • Birth 28 Apr 1922 New Mexico, USA
  • Death 17 Jan 2007 New Mexico, USA
  • Burial Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
  • Plot 13-146
  • Memorial ID 82605786

Baltazar "Wally" was survived by his two sisters: Maggie Gallegos from Gallup, New Mexico and Mary Grijalva from Barstow, California; his very good friend Robert Vigil; and many nieces and nephews.

On 8 Dec 1941, Wally was serving with the 200th Coast Artillery Corps in the Philippines when Imperial Japanese began their invasion. The 200th was divided to form the 515th Coast Artillery Battalion to provide for the defense of Manila. Wally was assigned to D Battery of the 515th Coast Artillery. The Coast Artillery units eventually fought as infantry and were among the American and Filipino forces that retreated to the Bataan Peninsula. On 9 Apr 1942, they were compelled to surrender. Wally became a POW and survived the Bataan Death March.


Inscription

SSGT US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
BATAAN DEATH MARCH
PRISONER OF WAR


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  • Created by: truchasnm
  • Added: 29 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82605786
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Baltazar Marino “Wally” Apodaca (28 Apr 1922–17 Jan 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82605786, citing Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by truchasnm (contributor 47143330) .