Friday, September 14, 2012


Rear Admiral Peter Aguon Gumataotao, USN
from Saint Jude Parish, Sinajaña

This coming Saturday, the Keynote Speaker at the 2012 ASIAN HERITAGE AWARDS will be a Chamorro who went from a tanores at Saint Jude Church, Sinajaña to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy.  Someone I knew since I was 6 years old, Peter Aguon Gumataotao.

The event, to be held at the San Diego Marriot Marquis & Marina, will honor a dozen Asian individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the betterment of the community.  Gumataotao will talk about diversity as a key to finding the best talent out there.

You can find out more about his brilliant Navy career here :

But let me tell you about the man I knew from the time I was 6 till he left for the US Naval Academy (on scholarship) in Annapolis when I was 15.

The Gumataotaos come from good, Chamorro stock.  Very traditional.  Mom and dad went to Mass every day.  They were unassuming, humble, good-natured.  They valued family, ranching, sports, serving the church.  Mom and dad had five boys, no daughters.  The boys all went to Fr. Dueñas and all were tanores.  One became a priest (Father Gus) but nearly all five boys were coached into thinking about the priesthood, but Peter's interest were clearly in the Navy.

Peter combined intelligence, humility, a good sense of humor and love for fun, responsibility and a good work ethic.  Who could ask for more?

Maolek yan onråyon este na kabayero, ya ti bai hu manman yanggen un dia u kahulo' si Peter gi mås takkilo' na puesto gi Marino.

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