|The War Memorial overlooks
Asan, one of the invasion beaches. The Japanese saw about 100 ships off this coast at dawn
on July 21, 1944, as the American prepared to invade. When they came ashore, the American
soldiers faced the Japanese ensconsed in the cliffs and bluffs from which we now look
down, literally shooting down like on sitting ducks.
These are the first 3 panels on wall nearest the invasion
beach of Asan.
|American and Guam flags mark the
entrance to the memorial. The distant wall is a bronze bas relief showing scenes of
the Chamorro liberation by the American forces.
The "In Memoriam" words atop one of the panels.
Asan overlook is a regular stop for Japanese tour busses,
although most of the visitors know little about the war years, and come mostly for
view. The signage explains the campaign, and is written in Japanese, English and
Chamorro. Guam's economy thrives
|This bas relief liberation scene
is on the left of the entrance to the Memorial Wall.
scene depicts the history of the war in three segments, The Attack Dec 10, 1941, The
Occupation Years, The Liberation July, 1944.
The honored names are in panels in the Memorial Wall which
curves around the right side of the oval shaped enclosure.