68th anniversary of the liberation of Guam

By Sgt. Jose TorresJuly 20, 2012

The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert; Guam congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo; and Northern Mariana Islands congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan joined the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) in an Army full honor wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., July 17, commemorating the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Guam and the battle for the Northern Mariana Islands during the second World War. The wreath is laid as a tribute to the suffering of the Chamorro people and in humble gratitude for the Marines, Soldiers and Sailors who gave their lives for our freedom. For many decades, especially since the end of World War II, the Army has had a strong presence in the Pacific, working to build long-standing partnerships in a critical region where seven of the world's largest armies reside. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jose Torres)
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert; Guam congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo; and Northern Mariana Islands congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan joined the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) in an Army full honor wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., July 17, commemorating the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Guam and the battle for the Northern Mariana Islands during the second World War. The wreath is laid as a tribute to the suffering of the Chamorro people and in humble gratitude for the Marines, Soldiers and Sailors who gave their lives for our freedom. For many decades, especially since the end of World War II, the Army has had a strong presence in the Pacific, working to build long-standing partnerships in a critical region where seven of the world's largest armies reside. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jose Torres) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jose Torres) VIEW ORIGINAL
The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) provides ceremonial support of an army full honor wreath ceremony in honor of the 63rd anniversary of the liberation of Guam, the battle for the Northern Marianas, and the War in the Pacific at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., July 17, 2012. Four U.S. Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service during the battle, including Pfc. Luther Skaggs, who led his mortar team through heavy enemy fire after being severely wounded; Pfc. Leonard Mason, who single-handedly wiped out an enemy machine gun nest despite being mortally wounded; Pfc. Frank Witek, who bravely drew the enemies' fire as his platoon took cover and later was killed as he destroyed a machine gun nest that had them pinned down and Capt. (later Gen.) Louis H. Wilson, Jr., who led his company to take an objective against a much larger enemy force.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) provides ceremonial support of an army full honor wreath ceremony in honor of the 63rd anniversary of the liberation of Guam, the battle for the Northern Marianas, and the War in the Pacific at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., July 17, 2012. Four U.S. Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service during the battle, including Pfc. Luther Skaggs, who led his mortar team through heavy enemy fire after being severely wounded; Pfc. Leonard Mason, who single-handedly wiped out an enemy machine gun nest despite being mortally wounded; Pfc. Frank Witek, who bravely drew the enemies' fire as his platoon took cover and later was killed as he destroyed a machine gun nest that had them pinned down and Capt. (later Gen.) Louis H. Wilson, Jr., who led his company to take an objective against a much larger enemy force. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jose Torres) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jose Torres) VIEW ORIGINAL