Salinas Bataan Memorial
The Bataan Memorial in Salinas was dedicated in April 2006 for the 105 men of Company C 194th Tank Battalion of the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys. These men were stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Shortly thereafter, the Philippines was also attacked by Japanese forces, with the 194th being the first American unit to fight Japanese ground forces in WWII. After several months of continued fighting, the Americans were out of food and supplies and were forced to surrender, and they began the now-famous Bataan Death March along with 70,000 other Filipino and US solders. Only 54,000 reached their destination due to major abuses by their Japanese guards. Of the original 105 local men of Company C, 6 died in combat and 50 perished in the Bataan Death March.