Save the Date!
Join us in Los Alamos on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 2:00 pm, in Mesa Public Library—
Biographer Karen Tallentire, historian Nancy Bartlit, and friends will sponsor
a remembrance of Bill Hudson...
Biographer Karen Tallentire, historian Nancy Bartlit, and friends will sponsor a remembrance of Bill Hudson, a Marine wounded in the 1945 battle oflwo Jima and who later became a Los Alamos Living Treasure. They will show the Canadian documentary "Uncommon Valour: The Battle for Iwo Jima." The public event is free and all are welcome.
Bill was perhaps best known in Los Alamos for his influence on a generation of top swimmers as the swim coach at Los Alamos High School. Yet he was also a teacher. For many years before his death in 2015, every February he would reserve a room at the library to commemorate the February 19th landing on Iwo Jima. He wanted to keep the memory of the weeks-long battle alive in the minds of Los Alamos youth. Thus, this educational event commemorates Bill and his fellow Marines who bravely gave their lives to win the strategically located island.
American Superfortresses (B-29s) taking off from Guam or Tinian airbases to bomb Japanese cities had to fly near or over Iwo Jima (Japanese for "Sulfur Island"). By war's end, over two thousand of those planes, with total aircrew of over twenty-four thousand, found refuge, repair, and fuel on the airfields of lwo Jima. Showing the Marines why they were fighting, the first B- 29 came in with a fuel supply problem on March 4th, grateful for landing space in the middle of a combat zone, on a runway which was still being rebuilt, and one end of which was still held by Japanese defenders.
Come learn more from the documentary, from remarks by Karen Tallentire, author of Bill's biography Fighting the Unbeatable Foe
, on how the battle affected Los Alamos, and from slides of Nancy Bartlit's trip to the battle site, which few civilians have visited, but which Bill visited several times with Military Tours.
A Warm and Enthusiastic Welcome as Nancy Speaks to the San Juan County
From 1942 until the end of World War II the
Historical Society on October 11th, in Aztec, New Mexico...
Navajo code was never broken by the enemy. Between 350–420 young Navajo U.S. Marines, trained in a unique language, fought from Guadalcanal through Okinawa, a territory of Japan. Their military commander claimed that they shortened the war by a year. She'll describe how the code was initiated by the original 29 Navajo U.S. Marine radiomen who had deep knowledge of Navajo culture and environment, how the number of code talkers expanded to serve in six Marine divisions forcing increased vocabulary as new technology was introduced on the battlefield, and how the "code-within-a-code" protected its secrecy. With precise accuracy the code was put to use in the Pacific theater allowing the allied forces to island hop and get closer to target Japan.
KOAT TV's Royale Da Interviews Nancy about Santa Fe's Internment Camp...
Watch the interview with Nancy
on KOAT TV, July 24, 2017.
A Packed House!
Nancy Delivers the Powerful, Seldom-Heard
but Not Forgotten History of Santa Fe's Internment Camp...
Nancy presenting to a packed house, "The Santa Fe Internment Camp in the Shadow of Los Alamos, 1942-1946,"
in the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Art Museum on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
or those interested in the Santa Fe Internment Camp history, you would find Robert Mott's interview with Nancy, "South of Atomic City, a second secret community during WWII," as it appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican, February 27, 2017.
The New Mexican—Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11:00 pm | Updated: 9:14 am, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
n the article, New Mexico, Japan Bound by Technology and Tragedy
, Nancy is interviewed by Margaret Wright, who gives you the opportunity to read Nancy's comments and gather the history that was built in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Here are two links where you can read about and also listen to Nancy's position on the atomic bombs:
Read Margaret Wright's article and see the short video: Trinity: 70 Years Later...
Read Nancy's Perspective: Nancy's View—Were Two Bombs Necessary?
Armed with a vision and the passion to tell the stories we never knew.
ancy R. Bartlit is an author, oral historian, amateur photographer, and a Chautauqua lecturer listed with the N.M. Humanities Council and the Historical Society of New Mexico. A resident of Los Alamos for 52 years, she formerly was elected to the city/county council, serving as its Chairman (the "Mayor").
Bartlit is known as an environmental, health, and historic preservation activist. When she was President of the Los Alamos Historical Society, she signed the papers for the Society to own the home in which J. Robert Oppenheimer lived during WWII. In May 2011, Los Alamos dedicated bronze statues of Dr. Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves, a project Nancy championed for seven years. She campaigned for Los Alamos, New Mexico, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington, to become the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act was passed as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, and then signed into law by president Obama the middle of December 2014.
Nancy graduated from Smith College, Northampton, MA, as a history major, and afterwards taught in Sendai, Japan, for two years, visiting all four main islands of Japan. She revisited Japan five times, one which was under the University of New Mexico Study of Japanese Business and Technology. Following completion of that program, she studied under Everett M. Rogers, a distinguished professor who headed the UNM Journalism and Communication Department and under whom she received her Master's Degree.
Rogers and Bartlit interviewed numerous New Mexico veterans to write Silent Voices of World War II: When Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun
(Sunstone Press, Santa Fe: 2005). The book is approved by the NM Board of Education as a supplemental historic text. The pair interviewed U.S. Army survivors of the Bataan Death March, Navajo Code Talker Marine privates, Manhattan Project civilian and military personnel, and a survivor of the Santa Fe Internment Camp for Males of Japanese descent. (continued...)