Photos of the Battle of Guam 1944

   The first battle for Guam occurred one December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The U.S. had a small force of about 500 Marines, and a few hundred Navy personnel. The American forces were not prepared, and many American Military personnel were unarmed. The resistance only lasted a couple of days, then the Americans surrendered . The Americans had 13 killed during the action.
   The second battle of Guam began July 20, 1944, and lasted through the first week of August, 1944.  The U.S. lost over 1,500, killed during the Battle for Guam, with Japan having over 18,000 killed in action. After being retaken by the U.S. forces, Guam was used as an air base for B-29 Bombers.
This photo shows the first U.S. flag planted on Guam, just 8 minutes after Marines and Army troops hit the beach.
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 127. ARC Identifier 532532 / Local Identifier 127-N-88073
This Marine is ready, and waiting for further orders in the Battle of Guam.
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 80. ARC Identifier 520969 / Local Identifier 80-G-475159
This group of Marines advance behind a tank, on Guam, 1944.
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 80. ARC Identifier 520967 / Local Identifier 80-G-475150
 In the background, Marines wade through the water toward Agat beach, Guam. In the foreground, a Japanese plane sits upside down in the water. 
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 80. ARC Identifier 520965 / Local Identifier 80-G-475146
 
This Marine Corps photographer stands next to a downed Japanese plane on Guam, 1944.
 Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 80. ARC Identifier 520673 / Local Identifier 80-G-305229
Marines show their appreciation to the Coast Guard, for their part in the Invasion of Guam. 
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 26. ARC Identifier 513182 / Local Identifier 26-G-2708
 
 These Marines take advantage of a break in the action, at Agat, on Guam.
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 80. ARC Identifier 520970 / Local Identifier 80-G-475164
 Although most Japanese soldiers fought to the death on Guam, this photo of Japanese Prisoners is proof that not all did. This group of POWs would be later transported to Pearl Harbor.
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 26. ARC Identifier 513225 / Local Identifier 26-G-4669
 These Japanese Prisoners at Guam, bow their heads, after hearing of the unconditional surrender of Japan, by Emperor Hirohito, September 15, 1945.
Photo Courtesy of the National Archives. Part of Record Group 80. ARC Identifier 520991 / Local Identifier 80-G-490320