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Remembering war: Nick's grandmother shares story of Japanese invasion

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They've come a very long way. Guam's war survivors passing down their stories of what they recall when Japanese troops took over the island. Tonight, we bring you another one of our survivor's.

My grandma - Maria Fujikawa Delgado - said, "What I hear is the war - it started in 1941. December 8, 1941. I was only six years old." It's the attack many of our manamko no doubt find hard to relive.

"The people just go crazy because the Japanese airplane was flying above us then somebody is yelling that they bombed the Sumay Bay already where all the military is, so we have to run and hide in a farther place down in Agana," she recalled.

This is the first time in my 31 years I got the chance to hear first hand her story when the Japanese invaded Guam. So, the major thing many sought was refuge. Grandma and her family loaded up in a jeep and went north to Yigo.

"It's a deep area where the airplane cannot see us because the trees are tall," she said. When i asked if she had to hide, she replied with, "Yes, we have to because they keep bombing."

Once the Japanese took over, she says the Fujikawa family then headed towards the capital. "We stayed there until they decided that the war would be worse because they have to fight and the Americans are coming to...so that's the time we started to be moved out to Manenngon," she said.

 In case you didn't pick up on the name - it too is Japanese.

"It's just that I'm always scared too and I'm so young and I don't know what is going to happen to me with the Japanese," she said. "But we were well protected because we are half Japanese and our father is pure - so they respect."

Her father, Masayoshi Antonio Fujikawa, was a businessman. Though not a hostile...he eventually fled Guam when the US showed up - separated from his family for 18 years after the island was liberated.

All hard times to bear...but led her to Agana Heights where she lives to this day.  "Don't you know that I'm the one that babysat you then sometimes I would put ponytail in your hair," she joked.

And brought up our family alongside my grandpa - Francisco Delgado. "He ended up at the camp that's the story he was always mentioning about," Grandma said.

Grandpa passed away two years back - but not before my sister, Nikkole, got a bit of his story on tape. "We were forced to go down to the Plaza de Espana," he described, "they registered us and put a band on our arm and that has to be there all the time, a white band."

Grandpa then recalled being constantly on the move, and was even separated from his family for some time when the war broke out. It was a way of life many on Guam were forced into until the US came and fought back. And grandpa like others went to Mannengon before it was all over.

"For several months we stay there and I see a lot of dead Japanese in the water down the river and one on top of the mango tree hanging his head down," Grandma said.

Traumatic and life changing moments that gives us all the more reason to always remember our survivors.

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