GUAM SHELLED, BOMBED ANEW – “SOFTENING-UP” OF THE ISLAND FOR POSSIBLE LANDING

From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

An announcement yesterday by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz that American cruisers had shelled the Jap base at Guam in the Marianas while carrier planes bombed there anew led to speculation that these were “softening-up” operations for a possible landing.

The shelling occurred Saturday. Aircraft followed up on Sunday and also hit Rota Island, Nimitz said.

Tokyo Radio said yesterday that “90 planes and a number of cruisers and destroyers attacked Guam on Monday.” The report added that a powerful American fleet of two aircraft carriers and more than 30 cruisers and destroyers had been sighted northeast of Tinian also in the Marianas group.

While American troops continued to clean up Jap stragglers on Saipan, Col. Evans Carson, famous Marine leader of Carlson’s Raiders, back in San Francisco recovering from wounds, declared that Tarawa “was merely a sideshow compared to Saipan.”

Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s communique yesterday reported that U.S. Liberators hit Sorong, on the northwestern tip of Dutch New Guinea, and also bombed Yap and Palau in the Carolines.



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US Marines head towards Guam’s neighboring island of Tinian.



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