NPS: Asan Bay Overlook Closed as Restoration Begins on Memorial Wall – List of Names Now Available

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Guam – Construction to rehabilitate the War in the Pacific National Historical Park Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall began last Wednesday and the Park remains closed to the public through mid-July.

Construction includes removal of 56 bronze and 34 acrylic panels inscribed with the names of those who died or suffered during the occupation and Liberation of Guam and replacement with 103 new panels with 17,771 names etched into black granite. 

A release quotes Superintendent Jim Richardson as saying  “We’re making great progress on this project and plan to unveil the new and improved Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall during the 70th Anniversary Liberation of Guam commemoration events on July 19 and 20. More importantly, it is our mission to welcome veterans, Chamorro survivors, and families of the lost to visit this memorial for generations to come.”

  

The National Park Service has announced that the complete listing of the 17,771 names to be featured on the soon to be restored Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall  is now avialable.

The Wall contains the names of 1,880 U.S. servicemen who died in the 1941 defense of Guam against the attacking Japanese armed forces and those who died retaking the island from Japan in 1944 along with the names of the 1,170 people of Guam who died and 14,721 who suffered atrocities of war from 1941-1944.  

The list of names can be viewed HERE  

Originally completed in 1994, the Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall was damaged by theft in 2007. The renovation will add an additional 1,629 names to the wall.

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Asan Bay Overlook

Asan Bay Overlook - Memorial Wall

Asan Bay Overlook – Memorial Wall

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Completed in 1994 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Liberation of Guam, Asan Bay Overlook serves as a memorial to those that lost their lives or suffered atrocities during the war. This unit features beautiful views of the sea-side villages of Asan and Piti and a perspective of the landing beaches used by Marines during the battle. The Asan Bay Overlook includes landscaped walkways, established view sheds, and several commemorative bronze sculptures which depict the events on Guam during the World War II Japanese occupation and battle in 1944.
The Memorial Wall of Names

Often monuments and memorials contain the names of the leaders of nations or high ranking military officials and rightfully so. This memorial wall of honor, sacrifice, and remembrance, however, includes the etched names of ordinary men who fought with extraordinary bravery on the front lines and the names of the civilians; the men, women and children, who as neighbors, friends, and families, suffered the consequences of nations at war, many paying the ultimate sacrifice.

 

 

The Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall contains the names of 1,880 U.S. servicemen who died in the 1941 defense of Guam against the attacking Japanese armed forces and those who died retaking the island from Japan in 1944 along with the names of the 1,170 people of Guam who died and 14,721 who suffered atrocities of war from 1941-1944.

 

To download a PDF document with the complete listing of the 17,771 names featured at the Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall, click here.

 

To download a PDF document detailing the history of the wall, the original construction, theft in 2007, and restoration, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, click here.