BATTLE OF GUAM 2015
The World War 2 Guys hit the field on Saturday, August 8 to recreate the Battle of Guam which took place from July 21 - August 10, 1944. Eli, Matt and Eric met up at the battle location near Murray, Nebraska around 17:30 and quickly geared-up. The three of us were portraying soldiers of the U.S. Army's 77th Infantry Division which took part in the assault on Guam. Our uniforms consisted of HBT fatigues with M-1 helmets, roughout boots and just the basics of field gear. Our initial patrol had us circling to the southeast, surveying the land and searching for any remaining pockets of Japanese resistance, We encountered a lone Jap soldier around 18:30 who had been cut off from the remainder of his unit. He was without a weapon or any water so we took pity on him and sent him on to a secure location under guard. Our squad of three regrouped and then pushed to the northeast over some fairly rugged terrain. Along the way we spotted a few abandoned Japanese cave installations which must have been knocked out by Army or Marine artillery. We completed our surveillance of the area at a point known as "The Shark Tooth", so named because the rows of trees growing there resemble the shape of a pointed shark's tooth from above. We cautiously maneuvered back to the southwest following a different path from which we came. Fearing a Japanese ambush, we popped some smoke grenades and made a hard charge at a suspicious ridge line. Fortunately, no enemy forces were discovered. We rendezvoused back at our initial base camp around 20:00 and made a decision to cease any further patrols for the night because of impending heavy rains. It was a fun few hours of patrolling in a really great location for reenactments. Once again this year, we didn't make a full night of our Pacific battle plans, but nevertheless we had a great time!
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