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Pentallion
07-24-2004, 11:38 AM
60 years ago July 21st marked the US landing and the beginning of the liberation of the American people of Guam. 3 weeks later, the US completely controlled the island.

The Japanese had captured the island Dec. 8th, 1941. When they captured the island they rounded up all the Chamorros (American citizens who are native to Guam) and took them to Agana at the naval governors house where they ordered the governor in his underwear to take down the US flag. They refused and the Japanese began shooting and beheading them.

Later, the Japanese forced the Chamorros into forced labor. These Americans were not given food but somehow managed to keep their families alive for 2 and a half years. Some escaped the concentration camps and hid in the jungle.

The Chamorros were never compensated for their suffering. The US told Japan it did not have to pay reparations to Guam and promised to do it itself.

Now, Liberation Day is being celebrated during the next three weeks throughout the United States.

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Pentallion
07-24-2004, 11:38 AM
60 years ago July 21st marked the US landing and the beginning of the liberation of the American people of Guam. 3 weeks later, the US completely controlled the island.

The Japanese had captured the island Dec. 8th, 1941. When they captured the island they rounded up all the Chamorros (American citizens who are native to Guam) and took them to Agana at the naval governors house where they ordered the governor in his underwear to take down the US flag. They refused and the Japanese began shooting and beheading them.

Later, the Japanese forced the Chamorros into forced labor. These Americans were not given food but somehow managed to keep their families alive for 2 and a half years. Some escaped the concentration camps and hid in the jungle.

The Chamorros were never compensated for their suffering. The US told Japan it did not have to pay reparations to Guam and promised to do it itself.

Now, Liberation Day is being celebrated during the next three weeks throughout the United States.

http://www.simops.com/249th/sigs/Wildcard.jpg