War in the Pacific: The First Year
A Guide to
the War in
the Pacific
History of Outbreak

Pre-War Guam: 1941

The Insular Force Guard

Japan's Pacific Gamble

The Chamorro

Sailors and Ships


War in the Pacific: Outbreak of the War


The source for these Web pages was from a museum exhibit which was a cooperative effort between the U.S. National Park Service and the Arizona Memorial Museum Association, and was made possible in part by a grant from the Guam Humanities council, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The "Outbreak of the War in the Pacific" guide book is intended to provide visitors with a better understanding of the events surrounding the outbreak of the war in the Pacific, the results and effects, both direct and indirect, of that event.

Funding was provided by the 50th Anniversary (Defense of Guam) Steering Committee, Government of Guam.

Dr. Dirk A. Ballendorf, Micronesian Area Research Center
Gary Beito, Arizona Memorial Museum Association
John Blaz, Veterans Affairs Office
Kin Brown
Lowell R. Burnett
Ron Castro
Center of Military History, U.S. Army
Pedro G. Cruz, Former Insular Force Guard Member
Senator Edward Duenas
Greg Flores
Guam/CNMI Liaison Office, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas
William Hernandez, Guam Museum
Hawaii Historical Arms Association
John Iocca, Arizona Memorial Museum Association
Hiro Kurishina, Director, Micronesian Area Research Center
Peter Leon Guerrero
Micronesian Area Research Center staff
Ray Milling, World War I veteran
Ginny Guzman Nelson
Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library staff
Tony Palomo, U.S. Department of Interior
Greg Perez
Pete Perez, Former Insular Force Guard Member
Public Affairs Office/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas
Tim Rock
Kathy Roos, Guam Humanities Council
Frank San Agustin, Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library
Joe San Agustin
Antonio Sanchez
Bruce Smith, Admiral Nimitz Museum State Historical Park
Veterans Affairs Office staff, Guam
John Zahnen, former USS Penguin crewman

NPS, Arizona Memorial Museum Association,
Guam Humanities Council, 50th Anniversary