visitors look at Tumon Bay it appears as the ultimate tropical paradise � sparkling
blue ocean, fringing coral reef, white splashes on a beach of glistening coral
sand. It is now, but it wasn�t on July 21, 1944 when Guam�s got its turn for invasion
in WW II.
Tumon Beach was the scene
of the 3rd Marine Division�s landings which immediately came under
fire from the Japanese who were dug in on the high ground overlooking the beaches.
The 77th Army Division landing further south at Agat Bay was similarly
opposed in their amphibious landings.
plans to invade Guam were timed to take place shortly after the Saipan invasion,
but the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the extra heavy fighting on Saipan delayed
the Guam invasion. The soon-to-be adversaries used the delay in interesting ways.
The Marines rested up at Eniwetok after their Marshals effort; the Army needed
the time to get its 77th Division from Hawaii and the Japanese shored
up their defenses using Guamanians and Korean slave labor as their work crews.