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The history of Guam and the U.S. Marines

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

“Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan

On June 21, 1898, the U.S. gained control of the island of Guam, the largest and most southern of the Mariana Islands located in the Pacific Ocean, during the Spanish-American War.

The capture of Guam was the result of a bloodless battle. The U.S. Navy USS Charleston approached the shores and remained there until the Spanish, who controlled the island at the time, surrendered the land to the U.S.

In the years after, Guam was utilized as a port for naval operations and also housed a barracks for U.S. Marines.

Later, Japanese forces seized control of the remaining Mariana Islands, which were occupied by the Germans, during World War I and heavily fortified the islands. Japan began developing plans at the beginning of World War II to capture Guam, which was the only Mariana Island not under Japanese control.

The U.S. caught wind of Japan’s intent to capture the island but was unable to fortify the island in time before the attack.

On Dec. 8, 1941, Japanese forces began their aerial assault of the island shortly after the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William K. MacNulty, commanding officer of U.S. Marine forces in Guam, had his men raise their defense for the attack to come, which resultied in a loss of over a third of his troops.

Subsequent attacks followed with more aerial raids of the entire island, the landing of a Japanese carrier transporting over 6,000 men and submarines positioned along the coast of the island leaving no means to escape.

Outmanned and outgunned, the U.S. was forced to surrender the island on the morning of Dec. 10, 1941.

The battle resulted in a loss of over 20 men and many more wounded from the U.S. Some Chamorros, Guam natives, helped hide those who were able to escape capture, but Japanese suspicions were raised, which resulted in the interrogation of many locals.

In the later years of WWII, the Allied Forces developed Operation Forager. This campaign heavily bombarded the largest of the Mariana Islands including Saipan, Tinian and Guam.

On July 21, 1944, the 3rd Marine Division and 1st Provisional Marine Brigade landed on the western coast of Guam bringing with them nearly 60,000 men. The battle lasted until Aug. 10, 1944, when the American forces successfully defeated the occupying Japanese forces giving ownership of the island back to the U.S.

Today, Guam is still a U.S. territory, and its inhabitants celebrate Liberation Day, a day where they celebrate the end of Japanese control and honor the sacrifice of the men who liberated their land.

A strip of highway along the north-western coast of Guam signifies the location where the U.S. Marines landed in WWII while reclaiming the island is formally known as Marine Corps Drive.

Though the U.S. Marines do not have a base established on the island, they still return for exercises with their sister services and enjoy learning about the history of their organization during their stay.

“For some, this exercise is just another check in the box,” said U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan Quillin, an aviation ordnance technician currently deployed to Guam for exercise Cope North. “The more you learn about the history of the island, the more aware you become of its relevance to the U.S. and the importance of the Marines’ actions in the past. It gives me pride knowing that I’m part of an organization whose predecessors had such an impact on the world.”

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Gate runner pronounced dead ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – At approximately 7:52 a.m. local time today, the suspect was pronounced deceased on scene while receiving medical attention by emergency medical personnel. At approximately 7:35 p.m., Aug. 14, a suspect charged the front gate while being pursued by the Guam Police Department. The suspect crashed their vehicle while attempting to force their way through the gate, abandoned their vehicle, and then proceeded to flee on foot into the nearby jungle area. 36th Security Forces Squadron initiated base lockdown procedures and began the search for the suspect along with GPD. The suspect attempted to evade patrols in the jungle. 36th SFS’s members and GPD located the suspect on base and initiated an arrest. The suspect responded aggressively attacking the arresting officers and stabbed a Department of Defense civilian security forces member. The suspect was subsequently shot by the officer in self-defense. “While apprehending a suspect, our defenders were compelled to use lethal force for their own defense, resulting in the death of the suspect,” said Brig. General Gentry Boswell, 36th Wing commander. “We value the importance of every life and are thankful for the courage our Defenders display in the safe conduct of their duties protecting our personnel and families.” There is an ongoing investigation into this incident and additional information may be provided when available. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Air Force Office of Special Investigation are working together with Security Forces and Guam Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and the use of force.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Police chase suspect shot at Andersen Air Force Base during apprehension. At approximately 6:35 a.m. local time, the search for the suspect involved in a high-speed police chase last night with Guam Police Department ended when he was located by a team of security forces members here. The individual crashed into the barriers on Andersen AFB and attempted to flee on foot. During apprehension, the suspect responded aggressively and stabbed a Department of Defense civilian security forces member. The suspect was subsequently shot by base security during the altercation. The suspect was transported by ambulance to civilian hospital. “Our top priority is to ensure the safety of Team Andersen, our service members and families,” said Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, 36th Wing commander. “We are proud of our partnerships in place and for the swift actions taken by our security forces members in conjunction with local law enforcement.” There is an ongoing investigation into this incident and additional information may be provided when available. The Air Force Office of Special Investigation is working together with Andersen AFB security forces and the Guam Police Department. Please direct any inquiries to the Public Affairs office at (671) 366-2228.
Main Gate Closure Real World for Andersen AFB Anderesen AFB Main Gate is closed for emergency personel only until further notice. Utilize other gates for entry and exit to Andersen AFB.
At approximately 7:35 p.m. local time, a civilian suspect attempted to enter Andersen Air Force Base at the main gate after fleeing from the Guam Police Department, the suspect crashed his vehicle when members of the 36th Security Forces Squadron activated emergency defensive barriers. Andersen Air Force Base was placed on lockdown as a safety precaution. Security Forces and local law enforcement responded to the scene of the crash, secured the area and opened the main gate road. The all clear has been issued and normal operations have resumed.
As of right now, every gate but the back gate is open. Traffic is slowly flowing & all outbound traffic is being searched.
ALL CLEAR ALL CLEAR ALL CLEAR Immediate threat has passed. The lockdown for Andersen AFB has been lifted. Thank you for your patience while Andersen AFB responders ensured the safety of our base. ALL CLEAR ALL CLEAR ALL CLEAR
LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN Andersen AFB is in a base wide lockdown. All base personnel implement lockdown procedures and immediately take shelter. Remain indoors and keep all entry ways locked. This is not an exercise! We will provide further updates as we receive them.
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