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Marines Volunteer To Refurbish Historic Monument

War In The Pacific National Historical Park

National Park News

On October 21st, Captain Julienne D. Shin, operations officer, Colonel Marty LaPierre, MARFORPAC, and John Gerber, Marine Corps veteran, worked to refurbish War in the Pacific’s U.S. Landing Monument. The monument is on the National Park Service’s List of Classified Structures and is located within the park, which is on the National Register.

These three Marines – one a veteran and two on active duty, stationed here on Guam –volunteered their time and expertise to improve the condition of the monument.  The team sanded both the monument and the plaques, added a clear sealer, and then repainted both the plaques and the monument. This treatment improved the aesthetics of the monument and at the same time helped preserve the monument’s fabric from further degradation. This monument is dedicated to the gallant men who fought and fell in the assault, seizure, and occupation of Guam from July 21, 1944 to August 10, 1944.

Earlier this year, John Gerber and Jennings Bunn also volunteered their time to refurbish the Japanese midget submarine on display at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center.

“John Gerber  is extremely knowledgeable about the best ways to preserve and protect metal objects and monuments  in this climate,” said Tammy Duchesne, chief of cultural resources for the National Park Service on Guam and Saipan. “He has been refurbishing WWII vehicles and guns for years and we are lucky to have such an expert help us improve the condition of one of our monuments.”

Improving the condition of the monument helps War in the Pacific Nation NHP accomplish its mission of commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of those participating in the Pacific Theater of World War II and conserving and interpreting the outstanding natural, scenic, and historic values and objects on the island of Guam.  

“War in the Pacific is extremely grateful to Shin, LaPierre, Gerber, and Bunn for being so kind as to donate their time to help the National Park Service preserve and protect the cultural resources that honor the brave men who participated in the liberation of Guam,” said superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.



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