Pacific War Museum Opens on Guam

August 20, 2008 at 1:32 am

 

The Pacific War Museum in Anigua (Guam) opened July 20.

The museum, the idea of John Gerber, an Ordot resident and former Marine sergeant, received assistance from local businesses and island residents to officially open its doors to the public and educate visitors about the rich history of the island.

“I want to help our youth understand why we celebrate Liberation Day,” Gerber said. “It’s not just about the parade, the food, and fireworks. It’s about the history that allowed us to have a parade. The U.S. Marines coming to Guam and paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The meaning of Liberation Day will not be forgotten, not on my watch.”

The event honored the supporters who helped make the museum possible.

Among the honored guests were Guam’s Congressional Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo, acting Gov. Mike Cruz, and Rear Adm. Bill French, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas.

The guest speaker, Lt. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, spoke of the heroic actions of the Chamorro people and the Marines of the 3rd Marine Division during the liberation of Guam.

He also expressed his respect and gratitude for Gerber’s efforts in pursuing the opening of a museum.

“John Gerber’s commitment and tireless efforts to preserve an important piece of our nation’s history is inspiring.”

The museum consists of two wings, one wing dedicated to U.S. Armed Forces who fought and died on Guam during the liberation of Guam, and the other wing is dedicated to Japanese forces.

Attached to the museum’s main building is a large, covered carport that shelters 15 military vehicles and three motorcycles.

The Marine Forces Pacific Band, one of 12 field bands throughout the Corps, stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii performed the Star Spangled Banner during the opening ceremony events.

“We must never forget the Marines who helped liberate our island,” said Zilmer.

E. Rosario (NNS)

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