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Asan Wall Memorial - A Personal Story
Occasionally I receive e-mail messages from people who have seen my
Chamorro video history documentary "Guam's Liberation" on the Internet and
wish to find someone or details about someone from the war years. The following is an
example of just such an inquiry from January 1999.
Mr. Edward Dziedzic wrote:
On July 23, 1944, when I was 1 day from turning 8 years of age,
dear brother was killed during the Marine invasion of Guam. I have been
searching for information about the Marine assault in which my brother PFC Stanley Andrew
Dziedzic was killed. The Defense Dept. only told my family that Stanley was
"killed in action as a member of the 75mm Howitzers, Co. E, 2nd Battalion, 22nd
Marines." This is not much closure. My mother grieved his loss the
last 51 years of her life--always hoping that he was only lost in action and would be
found alive. My remaining sisters and brothers want very much to know something
He was buried in Military Cemetery on Guam Island until disinterred for
return and reburial in Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, West Virginai on
June 3, 1948. He was born June 21, 1925 at Sun, WVA and entered the
Marines on Sept. 12, 1943. He went overseas from Camp LeJeune, North Carolina,
after basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina.
FRANCES SIGUENZA* of the Guam Veteran Affairs Office assisted Mr. Dziedzic in finding
details about his brother's death.
In the event that your brother was still attached to the 22nd Marines at
the time of the Guam invasion, then he landed on Agat Beach (aka the
Southern Beach Head). On the night of the 23rd - 24th July, the
Japanese put together the biggest Banzai attack you can imagine. This
attack occurred on both landing beaches (Asan Beach as well). This
Banzai attack lasted for more than 18 hours without let up. When it was
over, hundreds of Japanese bodies were piled high at the bottom of Mt.
Alifan. The Japanese Agat Headquarters was located at the back of the top of Mt. Alifan,
and all the Japanese were charging from that point. I
feel it would be safe to say that your brother was killed as a result of
that Banzai attack.
* Frances L.Siguenza