Anniversary of Fena Cave massacre commemorated

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Due to COVID-19, a small ceremony was held this year, which included a blessing by Fr. Alberto Rodriguez. (US Navy photo)

To commemorate the anniversary of the Fena Cave massacre, a site visit was held at the cave located at the Naval Munitions Annex on U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) on July 19.

Over the last several years, the Agat Mayor’s Office has coordinated with NBG and Navy Munitions Command Pacific East Asia Division Unit (NMCPAC EAD) Guam, to visit the cave site.

Due to COVID-19, a small ceremony was held this year, which included a blessing by Fr. Alberto Rodriguez.

In attendance were Agat Mayor Kevin Susuico, Agat Vice Mayor Christopher Fejeran, and the Agat Mayor’s office staff, NBG Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Grimes, NMCPAC EAD Commanding Officer Cmdr. Daryl Adamson, and Japan Consul General Toshiaki Kobayashi.

On July 19, 1944, the Fena Cave Massacre occurred, when Japanese soldiers killed more than 30 young men and women from Agat and Sumay with grenades and bayonets in the caves near Fena Lake.

(U.S. Naval Base Guam Public Affairs Office)

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