The War in the Pacific
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A grateful Guam remembers


Guam in midst of Japan's ocean empire

The Land of the Rising Sun seizes Guam

Symbol of hope, controversy

The strength of Agueda Johnston

In Tai, the death of a hero

"Uncle Sam, won't you please come back to Guam?"

The Pastor Sablan and his flock

Chamorros caught in Wake invasion

Captain endures POW camp

The march to Manengon

A witness to tragedy

A voyage to freedom

List of liberating forces

Liberating Guam

Maps of invasion beaches

The way of the Japanese warrior

The beachhead the night of the banzai

50 years later, a liberator is remembered

"He gallantly gave his life"

The high command

Guam scouts assist liberators

All men bleed red

Old Glory sways proudly once again

Liberators meet the liberated

Combat Patrol hunts for stragglers

The Last Soldier

Adolfo C. Sgambelluri's secret life

War crimes and justice

Military buildup on Guam

Chamorros still yearn for freedom

The War in the Pacific ends

Thank You

LIBERATION — Guam Remembers
A Golden Salute for the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Guam
signing ceremony
At 9:04 a.m. on Sept. 2,1945, aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, World War II ended. Above, signing on behalf of Japanese Emperor Hirohito is Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu. Conducting the ceremony and standing behind the microphone is General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. Standing near table with MacArthur is Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-chief, Pacific and Pacific Ocean Areas. Nimitz would sign the surrender document as the representative of the United States. Also signing were representatives of the Japanese military, and the Allied powers from the Republic of China, United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the provisional government of France, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Dominion of New Zealand. Witnessing the historic event were two Chamorro sailors, Ramon White and Frank B. Manibusan, both members of Nimitz's staff.

The War in the Pacific Ends

In the surrender ceremony, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, representing the Allied Powers, expressed a hope for the world: "It is my earnest hope - indeed the hope of all mankind - that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past, a world founded upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance, and justice."

In representing the United States at the ceremony, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz remembered the great sacrifice of those who died in the war in the Pacific.

"They fought together as brothers in aims; they died together and now they sleep side by side.

"To them, we have a solemn obligation - the obligation to ensure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live."

signing ceremony
In this autographed photograph to the people of Guam, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signs the document formalizing the surrender of Japan in World War II. Nimitz, whose fleet headquarters was in Guam, represented the United States at the ceremony aboard the battleship USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay. Immediately behind Admiral Nimitz are, front to back, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers in the Pacific; Admiral William "Bull" Halsey; and Admiral Raymond Spruance.

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