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PART IV: A Japanese counterattack slows advances

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Marines ultimately seize the island, but not before a long and difficult battle that claimed many lives.

By Ron Van Stockum

 A day or two after we landed on Guam, at about 11:30 p.m. on July 25, 1944, those of us at the Command Post that had been established at the base of the steep cliff near the beaches, heard a cacophony of machine-gun fire and explosive bursts coming from the top of the cliff.


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