GUAM BOMBED, SHELLED 2 DAYS BY US NAVY REVEALS ADMIRAL NIMITZ

From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Emphasizing the possibility of an imminent landing on Guam, U.S. warships and aircraft bombarded the former American base in the northern Marianas twice this week, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz revealed yesterday.

Cruisers and destroyers joined on Monday and Tuesday to shell land installations, Nimitz said, while planes from a “fast carrier task group” attacked late Tuesday and also hit the neighboring island of Rota.

Meanwhile, Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced that Japanese troops attempting to break through the Allied line northwest of Wewak on New Guinea were thrown back with heavy losses.

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US Marine Corps Captains Paul O’Neal (left) and Milton Thompson (right)plant the Stars and Stripes on Guam eight minutes after Marines and Soldiers hit the beach on July 20, 1944.



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From Bugle Boy to Battleship: A Battle of Saipan and Guam Veteran’s Memoirs




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