Military History Lectures – New Mexico National Guard Units and the Liberation of Europe
October’s History Lecture Series will focus on the second of two New Mexico National Guard Units, the 120th Engineer Regiment that was called to active duty for the liberation of Europe. The 120th Engineers (Less 1st Bn.) was inducted into federal service on September 16, 1940, and immediately departed for Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for the start of intensive engineer training preparing for the upcoming assault on Europe. When the 45th Division moved into Sicily in July 1943, the attached 120th was there. With the 45th Division constantly on the move, the 120th was there as they landed at Salerno and Anzio, crashed the beaches in southern France in August 1944, penetrated the Siegfried Line and captured Homburg, Nuremburg, and Munich. To learn more about the actions of the 120th Engineer Regiment in WWII plan to attend the seventh in the series of Military History Lectures on October 5th at 9:30 AM. Captain Rudy Armijo of the New Mexico National Guard will present this lecture.
The lectures, sponsored by the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, are held in the Visitors Center at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1100 Louisiana SE, Albuquerque, NM. They feature hour to an hour and a half long presentations by military history experts, often with displays of uniforms, memorabilia, and artifacts of the historic period.
In the following months, the Foundation plans to have military history presentations about “New Mexico’s Critical Contributions to Shortening World War II in the Pacific Theater” (November 2nd), “Pearl Harbor – Prologue, Attack, and Afterward” (December 7th), Army Air Corps bases in New Mexico, WWI, the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as the history of the New Mexico National Guard. Admission is free and no reservations are required, however donations to the Foundation are always appreciated.
We are currently collecting non-perishable items for the NM Women Veteran Food Drive. The collection box is available in the foyer of the Visitors Center.
For further information regarding the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park and Foundation please visit our Visitors Center or go to www.nmvetsmemorial.org.