US MILITARY FORCES CELEBRATE “MONTANA DAY” ON GUAM

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US MILITARY FORCES CELEBRATE “MONTANA DAY” ON GUAM

By Pvt. Bob Block

YANK Field Correspondent

GUAM—“It was just like the good ol’ meeting in the general store back home,” said Sgt. Don Keith of Chinook, Mont., describing the first “Montana Day” held on Guam. The Army, Navy Marine Corps and Coast Guardsmen got together to recapture a little bit of home—and virtually without props. There were not cowboy boots, no six-guns, no rodeos, but the boys did manage to stir up a pinto pony and a bull. Privates said “howdy” to colonels, and sailors embraced marines. Beer flowed freely and nobody felt any pain.

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First flag raising on Guam. U.S. Marine Captains Paul O’Neal (left) and Milton Thompson (right) raise the American flag eight minutes after U.S. Forces landed. The American military invaded Guam on July 20, 1944 after it had fallen to the Japanese at the beginning of World War II

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Two U.S. Marines show their gratitude for the Coast Guard after the liberation of Guam.

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