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The U.S. landing force on Guam in July 1944 numbered 55,000 men. The bulk of the landing force on the morning of July 21 belonged to the Third Marine Division who landed on the northern beaches at Asan, and the First Provisional Marine Brigade, who landed on the southern beaches near Agat. The First Provisional Marine Brigade had been organized just a few months before, and included the 4th and 22nd Marines. The men of this brigade had seen action in the Pacific at Bougainville and Guadalcanal.

In the 21days of battle, the Marines lost over a thousand men. Thousands more were wounded in action. At the end of the period, there were over twice as many enemy dead.

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