Wednesday, August 10, 2011
TODAY IN HISTORY : CHAMORRO LEADERS THANK NIMITZ
On August 10, 1944, the U.S. forces declared Guam secured from organized Japanese resistance. On the same day, half a dozen Chamorro leaders sent a letter of thanks to the American commander, Admiral Chester Nimitz. They said that, had the Americans delayed, the Chamorros would have suffered more from Japanese cruelty.
The signers were : Francisco B. Leon Guerrero, politician and advocate for American citizenship; Vicente P. Camacho, a judge; Pedro P. Martinez, a prominent businessman; Agueda I. Johnston, leading educator; Jose C. Manibusan, another judge; and Jose Roberto, who held several prominent government offices during his lifetime, from judge to assistant to the naval governor.