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Asan, Guam — Pacific Ocean (Marianas Archipelago)
 

Banzai Charges

 
 
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Courtesy of Thomas P. Martin
1. Banzai Charges Marker
Inscription.  The Japanese launched massive counterattacks from these highlands. More than a wild suicide charge, the banzai attack the night of July 25, 1944, was a carefully organized attempt to drive the Americans back into the sea.

Although some Japanese soldiers were able to infiltrate deep behind American lines near Asan Point, the bloody assault ultimately failed.

“The Japanese attacked with all they had, ‘cause they knew unless they broke through, that the island, for all intents and purposes, would be lost.” — Lt. John J. “Jack” Eddy, 9th Marine Regiment
Captions
• Marines pursue Japanese forces after the failed banzai attack at dawn July 26.
• Photo inset of Lt. Gen. Takeshina Takeshi, Imperial Japanese Army. He commanded the Japanese forces on Guam and planned the counterattack July25-26, at Asan Beach.

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Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is July 25, 1944.
 
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27.617′ N, 144° 42.931′ E. Marker is in Asan, Guam. Marker can be reached from Highway 6, 0.2 miles south of Turner Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in Asan Bay Overlook in War in the Pacific National Historical Park.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagatna GU 96910, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Inland Offensive (here, next to this marker); Guam 1941-1944 (a few steps from this marker); Attack, Occupation, Liberation (within shouting distance of this marker); War in the Pacific National Historical Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Silent Guns (approx. 1.4 miles away); Japanese Two-Man Submarine (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hidden Defenses (approx. 5.4 miles away); Japanese Anti-Aircraft Gun (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Asan.
 
Banzai Charges Marker image. Click for full size.
Masahiko M. via Google Maps / Fair use, August 2017
2. Banzai Charges Marker
Featured marker is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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