Horacia Montoya Obituary
Horacio Montoya, a Bataan Death March survivor who chronicled his wartime experiences in his 2009 book,
Rising Sun Over Bataan: Memoirs of War”, died October 27, 2009. He was 93.
The Taos native served in the New Mexico National Guard’s 200th Coast Artillery and spent more than three years
as a Japanese captive POW after the 1942 surrender of Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines.
After graduating from high school, Montoya attended the University of New Mexico before returning to Taos. He
joined the National Guard’s 200th Coast Artillery with his brother Benjamin Montoya (now deceased) and their
group was mobilized for duty in 1941.
After Bataan fell in April 1942, the two were among the thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who would
be forced to take part in the Bataan Death March.
The brothers were taken on one of the hellships to Omatu, Japan where they were held at Fukuoka Camp 17 and
were forced to labor in the coal mines.
When asked by Carlos Montoya, his oldest son, “How did you get through three-and-a-half years of savage, brutal existence?”,
Montoya answered, “Ben and I would say to each other every night, “We we’re going home for Christmas.”
Christmas 1945 they actually got to be home!
An Albuquerque resident, Horacio Montoya was a retired administrator for the federal Veterans Administration with a 30 plus year career.
Montoya’s survivors include his wife of 61 years, Loyola Montoya; children Carlos Montoya
And his wife Dolores, Victor Montoya and his wife Carolyn, Loretta Robledo and her husband Miguel and Adrian Montoya and his fiancée, Rita Felter; Grandchildren ~ Stephanie, Rachel, Alejandro, Gabriel and his fiancée Jessica, Andres, Veronica, Michael, Adrian, Lucas and Alana; a great grandson, Alex; and many other family members.
Credit: Quan March 2010
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