Chagui’an Massacre commemorated

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Island residents and GovGuam officials led by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero gathered together for the Chagui'an memorial in Yigo. (Viewer submitted photo)

Island residents and GovGuam officials led by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero gathered together for the Chagui’an memorial in Yigo, which is the last memorial service of this year’s Liberation commemorations.

During the 1944 liberation, as U.S. Marines were making their way inland, 45 Chamorro men were taken from the Manengon concentration camp to a Japanese command post in Chagui’an, Yigo where they were beheaded by Japanese soldiers.

Marines later discovered the dead but the massacre site was forgotten until it was recently re-discovered by a group from UOG.

Since then, the village of Yigo has paid tribute to the victims with a special memorial service and a memorial mass.

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