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Bataan Memorial

Camp San Luis Obispo Bataan Memorial ~ Click on thumbnails

75mm artillery at Camp Roberts Museum
Japanese anti-tank gun

Stuart tank
US Stuart tank

97B tank
Japanese 97B tank


The Bataan Memorial recreates the event of December 26, 1941, at a Roadblock on the road to Bataan Luzon, Phillipine Islands. "Company C 194th Tank Battalion from Salinas, California, was attached to a Filipino army regiment near the town of Lucban. The 2nd platoon was ordered to make a show of force that would take it down a narrow trail. As the tank, commanded by SSgt. Emil C. Morello, rounded a sharp curve it came face-to-face with an enemy roadblock. Without any hesitation, the tank smashed into the roadblock and the Japanese gun behind it. Before being hit, Morello's tank fired on other gun positions. After pretending to be dead, Morello and his crew escaped the next morning only to be either killed or captured, along with the other members of the 192d and 194th Tank Battalions, at Bataan. These two battalions were National Guard units with companies from California, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. For their gallantry in action, both units were awarded three Presidential Unit Citations. Today's lst Battalion, 149th Armor, California Army National Guard carries on the gallant traditions of the 194th Tank Battalion." ~Text from Bataan Memorial website. See Resources for more information on website and memorial.