68th anniversary of the liberation of Guam wreath laying ceremony
Photo Credit: Sgt. Jose Torres
The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) honored the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Guam during an Army wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., July 17. The liberation of Guam began July 21, 1944, when Soldiers of the 77th Infantry Division joined Marines from the 3rd Marine Division and 1st Provisional Marine Brigade in making landfall on the Orote Peninsula. The next three weeks would see the 36,000 U.S. Servicemembers battle 22,000 Japanese. On August 10, 1944, the battle of Guam was complete, and the island had been liberated. During the battle 1,747 U.S. Servicemembers lost their lives. 18,040 Japanese died in the fierce fighting, while only 485 surrendered. Today Guam is a U.S. Territory, and, in honor of the soldiers and marines that freed their island, every year they celebrate July 21st as Liberation Day.
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