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Destiny's LandfallA History of Guam, Revised Edition$
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Robert F. Rogers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833343

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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Return of the Americans 1944–1945

Return of the Americans 1944–1945

(p.170) Chapter 11 Return of the Americans 1944–1945
Destiny's Landfall

Robert F. Rogers

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes the U.S. assault on Guam and its eventual recapture of the Marianas from Japanese control. It goes into further detail regarding the military advances of the U.S. forces even as it describes the conditions for the Chamorros during this period, both for those supporting the U.S. military activities and for those simply caught in the crossfire between U.S. and Japanese forces. This chapter also emphasizes the military value of Guam. In the eyes of American military strategists, the atomic bombing of Japan confirmed the immense strategic value of the Mariana Islands to U.S. national security. From the military viewpoint, this strategic value not only justified all past sacrifices to seize the Marianas but also impelled the permanent retention of the islands and the occupation of huge tracts of Guam’s land by the United States to meet potential new threats.

Keywords:   American invasion, Japan, United States, U.S. military, World War II, American occupation

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