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World War II Guam (U.S. National Park Service)

Was in the Pacific National Historical Park is situated on the isle of Guam, about 13 degree due to the Equator and about 3,300 mile south west of Hawaii. Guam has a hugging "hafa adai" stance that greets people and makes the country a welcoming place to visit and a one-of-a-kind place to be.

Guam is only 212 sq. m., but the islands wealth of historical sites. Just a few inches after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japs began air raids on Guam. With a two-day penalty, the Japanes came to land and the Navy Sovereign gave up US soil an hour later. It was under Japan's rule for 31 month until July 21, 1944, when the United States of America came back and freed the Isle.

A lot of people were killed and the pain was great for all those who participated in the fighting in Guam and throughout the Pacific Theatre. War in the Pacific was founded in 1978 to recall the commitment of the United States and Guam to World War II, to pay tribute to the courage and sacrifices of those who took part in the Second World War Pacific Theatre campaign, and to preserve and perform Guam's exceptional historical, landscape and cultural heritage.

On December 10, 1941, the Japans arrived at Dungcas Beach, just off Agana, about 400 5. Then they moved forward to Piti and moved towards Sumay and the Navy barracks. Aganas Plaza de Espana hosted the main betrothal at 04:45, when some Marines and Insular Force Guardsmen were fighting with the Japonese Marines.

Following the symbolic opposition after the invasion, the Marines gave themselves up at 5:45 a.m. on Governor McMillin's orders. There were a few scuffles all over the entire archipelago before word of the capitulation began to circulate and the remainder of the archipelago's armed force lay down their weapons. During the meeting, the US YP-16 was sunk by fire and YP-17 was taken prisoner by JJNN.

The Japanese wrecked an US cargo ship. Meanwhile, under the leadership of Major General Horii, the South Seas Japanese force (approximately 5,500 men) has landed separately in Tumon Bay in the northern part, on the south-west coastline near Merizo and on the east bank of the islands in Talafofo Bay.

Guam's Guam government captain, George J. McMillan (the archipelago government has always been an army commander in the U.S. Navy), knew he could not await reinforcements or reliefs, chose to hand the area over to the Japan Maritime Force. "He sent a message to the 153 marines of the Sumay military base on the Orote Peninsula and about 80 men of the Insular Guard to put down their weapons.

Nevertheless, in two-day bombardment and combat, the military unit still suffered 19 casualties and 42 casualties, four of them dead and twelve injured. Japan's strategy of bombardment would be based on the capture of Guam, Saipan and Tinian land. Admiral Nimitz made definitive arrangements for Guam in January 1944 and chose his chain of command for the Mariana people.

Forces of the 3rd Marine Division practically ended up in the laps of the Japan' Commandant of the Islands, General Takashina, whose U-shaped cavern commando station, cut from a rock of rock sand, looked over the Asan-Adelup bridgehead. Elevated altitudes dominate the beach, especially on the centre and lefthand side, where the 3rd and 21th floors are located.

" The 1st Brigade found a stronger opposition of the enemies at the bridgehead in the southern part of Agat than at the northerly shores, despite the favourable area. Weapons, automatic rifle fire and the unceasing fire of two 75mm cannons and a 37mm cannon from a four-ft thick slab house with a top slab in the Gaan Point nostrils welcomed the incoming Marines as the LVTs flocked onshore.

Consequently, his rifles hit out two tens of amtrak's that carry members of the Navy's team. Agat's attack was handled with the same roaring marine gun assistance that had disturbed and shaken the soil before the landing on the north coast of Asan. This would be the last of the mighty assistance the brass forces would receive in the attack before they landed in Guam.

During the two day of intense battles on the lefthand side of the 3d Divison bridgehead in the area now called Bundschu Ruidge, the 3d Marines lost 615 men who were murdered, injured and mourned. While the 21st Marines in the centre maintained their advancement on 22 July until the 3d Marines could move, the men in their expose locations along the mountain crest, which were so quickly confiscated on W-day, were struck by Japan's Mortarfire, so much so that Colonel Butler was allowed to substitute the 2d battle ion for the first that had been in the Reservat.

There was relatively little opposition from the ninth marines, as they overtook many deserted Israeli ports on their way to the former US Navy bases of Piti on the shores of the port of Apra. After a severe flood of navy shots and bombings, the 3-D battalion attacked the island of Cabras in the afternoons and landed from an LVT to find its main barrier, thick blackberries with several hundred landmines.

With the 77th Infantry Unit taking over the remainder of the bridgehead to the South and releasing the Fourth Marines from their patrol tasks in the North and the Eastern Rim. Japanese soldiers were hammering the ordnance of the divisions and a good part of the big ordnance of the III Corps to Orote without a break.

Only in the event of an hostile aerial strike was the defence of the beaches from Agat to Bangi Point awarded 9. Not too many airplanes were in the skies, and so the anti-aircraft artillerists could focus on shooting over the waters into the south side of the enemy's Red Forces.

At Cabras Island, the Fourteenth Defense Battalion took up positions where it could also deliver immediate supporting fire on the north shore of the promontory and was prepared to raise its cannons to fire at hostile aircraft in the sky. More than 5,000 of Japan's Orote's defenders took part in General Takashina's counter-attack, which began in the early mornings of July 26.

Here, as in the North, there was proof that some of the invaders had fastened themselves with saké, and there were pointless operations by invading the naval armour only with their zamurai sabers. They also had lethal and pro-active assaults, with marines in their trench.

A communication failure forced Captain Robert Frank, commander of Company L, 22d Marines, to stay at the front and transfer points to the S-2 regiment and from there to the troops of the troop. Three and twenty-first marines have their handles cut into squares and the ninth marines (27-29 July) have made their last journey to Mount Alutom and Mount Chachao.

Mayor Donald B. Hubbard, who commanded the 3rd Bataillon, the ninth Marines (as a replacement for Lieutenant Colonel Asmuth, injured on W-Day), summoned the Artillerie, and after the barrier fire, his Marines fought with their shells and their bayonets. By the time this battle was over, Major Hubbard's regiment had 135 deaths. When the storm troopers bumped up these hillsides in command, the Marines were able to send the men of Company A of the 305.

First Battalion, 9th Marines, then advanced and contacted the army forces. The Tenjo mountain had initially been in the 3D division area, but General Bruce wanted to bring his men up to the top so that they could move forward on the hills and were not caught in the gorges.

It also wanted to avoid the gradual engagement of its divisions and maintain their dignity. The violinist of the III Corps knew Obata's likely path of withdrawal and designed a series of targets across the Isle that would gradually grasp all the possible strengths of the foe. The starting shot for the journey to the south was fired in July 063031 with the 3rd Marine and 77th Infantry divisions on the right, which divided the central area.

This naval area would comprise the capitol Agana, the airport of Tiyan, Finegayan and the banks of Tumon Bay. Sixty-seventh would have Mount Barrigada, Yigo and Mount Santa Rosa in its area. 1 Marine Brigade exonerated the division 77 from defending the south part of FBHL and would still be patrolling the south-hemis.

When the Corps assault was moving northwards and the country was expanding, the brushwood finally took part in the journey to the far- northernmost part of the islands coastline. In the middle, the 3D Division would deploy its troops on a front with three regiments moving eastwards to occupy the entire northerly end of the entire length of the isle, as would the 777th Army.

Now the Japanese were confronted with an overpowering number of attacking troops. The General Bruce troops led the main force to annihilate the rest of Japan and assaulted Mount Santa Rosa. Forming new steps to end the operation, the 3rd and 21st Marines advanced handsomely, but the ninth Marines kept racing in thick jungles, which was such a confused disarray that vessels led 15 feet apart without realizing the other was there.

División speeded up its progress in bataillon lines. August 6th it was 5,000 meters along the Ritidian Point highway, the end of the Isle, and the end of the Guam War. That night, the 3D department was in sight of the 77th Infantry Department wherever the all-encompassing jungles permitted.

Meanwhile, severe bomb attacks by the Seventh Air Force and gunfire and navy shots on hostile areas had been underway for years. Nightsfighters were now deployed to help the march, so that even the dark offered no Japanese shelter. On the same August 6, the line of defence that General Obata had laid over Guam had been broken and slashed.

Before Santa Rosa, there were only a few bags left. On August 7, no US commandant could say when the battle for Guam would be over. In its assault first on Yigo and then Santa Rosa, General Bruce would have a relatively recent regime, the Three-06th, which had come from the southern part, where it had been patrolling with the brush.

He was in touch with the ninth marines on the border of División. Col Colonel Douglas C. McNair, 77th division chieftain of operations, was also there looking for a location for a CP section and was shot dead by a sharpshooter. Lieutenant-General Leslie J. McNair, Colonel McNair's dad, was murdered in an US bomb attack 12 nights before.

Assault on Mount Santa Rosa began at midday on August 7. After the rumbling of the guns and the rattling of the armour, which were equally responded to by the opposition, the 777th Yigo took the Santa Rosa gate and resumed General Bruce's manoeuvre. It was excavated in the evening of August 7-8 for the last assault on the hill.

There was no anticipated major counter-attack from Japan. Around 1240 the north half of Monte Santa Rosa was in US ownership, and the forces relocated to protect the south. An encircling movement was also made by the 3rd Foot Corps to take the northerly hillsides of Monte Santa Rosa.

After two days of fighting for Yigo and Santa Rosa, only 600 hostile corpses were found. However, the hostile staff in Santa Rosa estimated up to 5,000. So, this means that large numbers of hostile forces have invaded the jungle-like area all over Guam. The hostile remnants of the Mount Santa Rosa war drifted back into the 9.

sharpeyed marines noticed more than one of the hostile move chiptings near a particular mound in the army zone. eeded marines were the first to notice this. They had advanced with the same incidental hostile opponents on the lefthand side of the area. The 19-strong road block stopped the Marines but was quickly removed. In search of a passage between the 3rd and ninth Marines, the 21st Marines found the corpses of 30 Guamanians near Chaguian.

At the 8th of August a Patrouille of the Navy arrived at the Ritidian Point, the most northern point of the isle. On a winding path to the shore, the Marines came across less violent Japan defences, which they quickly overcome. During the first few working day of the Rosary Crusade, General Shepherd's First Provisional Marine Brigade had the honour of reaching both the most southern point of the Isle and the most northern part of Guam at Ritidian Point.

The General Shepherd's marines energetically began to patrol the area they were occupying, but few found the Japanese. Consequently, General Geiger diminished the number of navy shots placed in the area, while the Seventh Air Force P-47 stationed in Saipan conducted its last bomb and punishment races at Ritidian Point. They were down below the rocks at Ritidian and chafed along the shores where there are many shelters.

and patrolled the 22nd Marines on the northern shore at Mengagan Point. for the 3D Marines. At Tarague on the eve of August 8-9, the regime was struck by a final mortars and tanks war. Navy anti-tank and bazookas were drenched in water and ineffectual, and the Japs burned away with unpunished force and then cowered back into the forest.

Surprisingly, when Major William A. Culpepper, who commanded the 2nd Battalion (Lieutenant Colonel de Zayas had been murdered on 26 July), was counting minds, he found that he had not sustained a single accident. Ninth Marine corps patrolling Pati Point, the northeastern image of the Isle. Smart wells then told Colonel Craig that a crowd of Japanese (maybe 2,000) forces were hidden up at the Savana Grand, a savage plane of jungles, cochineal and tall grasslands near the shore.

The Colonel Craig did not want to run the brunt of casualty, so the ninth Marine support gunfire a combined 2,280 shots. Some of the few surviving Japanans were either murdered or imprisoned. On August 8th, at dusk, Colonel Craig's marines were able to fire the 306.

Geiger was not prepared to pronounce Guam safe until a bag of armour that was still in the 3D Division area was erased. As a matter of fact, there were armour and the job of locating and removing it was transferred to Major Culpepper's 2d battle ion, 3d Marines. At 7:30 a.m., the battle station and a train of American Sherman tank fired on two opposing media, only 400 meters away from the track followed by the Marines.

There was a train of infantrymen who retreated to the coast rocks and were murdered there. It was on 10 August 1131, when he learnt that the last remaining Israeli tank was damaged, General Geiger announced the end of all organised opposition in Guam. They owned the isle again. Guam has become desperate.

We' re gonna have our soul to protect this place until the end. Hostile defense forces murdered seven Americans and injured 17 before they went to failure, buried in the debris of the caverns and positions that had been mined. Obata took his own lives or was murdered in the last hour of the Guam War.

On August 15, 1200, Major General Henry L. Larsen took control of the Isle of Guam. Beneath him, and especially with the powers of the 3rd Marine Division, the wiping was on. A part of Japan's appalling costs in Guam were the already numbered 10,971 cadavers. Nevertheless, there were still about 10,000 Japanese on the isle.

First some of these men were fighting and setting up traps, and some were shooting at the Americans, but soon the rest of the Japs were looking for only one thing - nourishment! There was no longer a single point of control for the Japs. Soon 80 Israeli troops and seamen per soldier per day were killed or caught by aggressively patrolling Americans. Some reckless people would steal into the navy's storehouses at noon.

" More than 8,500 Japanese were either slaughtered or imprisoned between August 1944 and the end of the August 1945 outbreak. During the 21-day Guam Camp ended on 10 August, III Amphibian Corps naval forces recorded 1,190 deaths, 377 deaths and 5,308 deaths.

177 troopers were slaughtered and 662 injured in the 77 division. They were a close unit in the reconquest of Guam. General Holland Smith is said to have been the first to call General Bruce's forces the "77. "Major Aplington, a 3D Marines commandant, commenting on the soldiers:

There was no question in their symptoms of fatigue, which differed so much from our herringbones and their olive-green ponchoes (ours were camouflaged), that the 77.

" The same bustling August 10th, just a few hour after Major Culpepper's bataillon had taken out the last of Japan's shells, the Indianapolis (CA 35) steams aboard with Marine Corps Commandant Lieutenant General Alexander A. Vandegrift and accompanied Admiral Nimitz. Admiral Nimitz instructed on August 15 that his CinCPac-CinCPOA headquarter should be set up in Guam, and from here he led the war.

Shortly afterwards, the B-29 from the airports on Guam and Tinian blew up the home island of Japan. There have been no fierce battles between the naval division on Peleliu, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

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