Touring the Guam World War II Sites

After seeing the rainbow, we knew it was going to be a great day for touring the island. We checked out of the hotel and boarded a bus for our day of history.

Joe, our tour guide of the WWII sites.
Meet Joe. He was our tour guide for the WWII sites in Guam.
Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica
Our first stop was the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. The original church was constructed in 1670 and was destroyed during the shelling of Hagatña (pronounced "Hagandia") in preparation for the American invasion. The present church was constructed on the original site in 1955-1959.
Pope John Paul II commemorative statue
To commemorate Pope John Paul II's visit in 1981, the Santo Papa as Juan Pablo Dos Monument was erected. It has nothing to do with WWII, but it is noteworthy. I don't believe I have ever stood in the same place as the Pope, but there's always the first time.
Guardsmen Memorial
Across the street there is a monument to the insular guardsmen who fought against an overwhelming number of invading Japanese imperial army troops. The guardsmen opened fire when they got within range and after a half an hour of fighting; US Navy Captain George McMillin (Commander of US forces and military Governor of Guam) decided to surrender to prevent a senseless massacre of the Guam defenders.