'The Forgotten 45' remembered - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

'The Forgotten 45' remembered

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - They are called the forgotten 45. Yigo mayor Rudy Matanane said, "The site where this white cross marks the location of where 45 Chamorro men executed 69 years ago by Japanese imperial forces."

The Forgotten 45 were from the Manenngon concentration camp forced to carry war supplies to the Japanese command post at Mount Mataguac. But they never returned. Mayor Matanane says what happened here is a story that must be told, noting, "We must continue this journey forward toward peace to forgive but not to forget that fateful tragedy of World War II by educating our children. And future generations of Guam about the forgotten massacre of Chaguian," he said.

The story of what happened in Chaguian was actually uncovered in secret journals by students from the University of Guam in 2004. Through their research it was unveiled that on August 8th 1944 a U.S. Marine patrol from the 21st Regiment discovered the site of the Chaguian massacre. 45 young Chamorro men were found with their hands tied behind their backs and decapitated. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo reflected on the theme of this year's liberation commemoration "Stories of Courage and Faith".

He said, "There were no stories to be told because those that again were part of this terrible tragedy they were not witness there were no stories this was a complete massacre there were no survivors. The only witnesses were those who perpetrated these acts and nature, the trees and God and this beautiful scenery that we have here."

A second ceremony is also planned for August 8th on the anniversary of the day the 45 men were discovered by the Marines. A memorial mass will be held here at Chaguiaan at ten in the morning.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Multiple robberies leads to arrest of Joshua Tedtaotao

    Multiple robberies leads to arrest of Joshua Tedtaotao

    Electronics, jewelry, money, credit cards, and even roosters. Police arresting a man accused in multiple home and car burglaries reported throughout the island earlier this month. Joshua Mafnas Tedtaotao is charged with burglary, burglary to a motor vehicMore >>
    Electronics, jewelry, money, credit cards, and even roosters. Police arresting a man accused in multiple home and car burglaries reported throughout the island earlier this month. Joshua Mafnas Tedtaotao is charged with burglary, burglary to a motor vehicMore >>
  • GovGuam, military participate in missile exercise

    GovGuam, military participate in missile exercise

    GovGuam and Joint Region Marianas are strengthening the "One Guam" approach after both federal and local agencies participated in a ballistic missile exercise earlier this week. One of several ongoing One Guam efforts, the exercise was intended to increasMore >>
    GovGuam and Joint Region Marianas are strengthening the "One Guam" approach after both federal and local agencies participated in a ballistic missile exercise earlier this week. One of several ongoing One Guam efforts, the exercise was intended to increasMore >>
  • Clean audit for GCC

    Clean audit for GCC

    The Guam Community College received a clean audit. The OPA commended GCC for qualifying for low-risk auditee for the 17th year in a row. Due in large part to GCC's ability to obtain federal grants, GCC is investing in capital improvements. This includes tMore >>
    The Guam Community College received a clean audit. The OPA commended GCC for qualifying for low-risk auditee for the 17th year in a row. Due in large part to GCC's ability to obtain federal grants, GCC is investing in capital improvements. This includes tMore >>
Powered by Frankly