Visit the Pacific War Museum on Guam

by Mark Goniwiecha
Stripes Guam

The privately-owned Pacific War Museum is located on Halsey Drive, or Route 6, in Asan-Maina, near the Guam Governor’s Office complex in Adelup.

The late John Vincent Pangelinan Gerber, a retired Marine, ingeniously spent his retirement efforts creating the Pacific War Museum out of freight containers, superseded airport jetways and a quonset hut.

Here, some of Guam’s war wreckage was salvaged, meticulously reconditioned and restored, well organized, identified and described, and put to good use as an educational resource and historical treasure.

As one enters, the two freight containers on the right comprise the Japanese history. The two freight containers on the left display and exhibit the American story.

Large photographs and memorabilia are professionally captioned in English and in Japanese. The principal military and civilian leaders are depicted and their feats described. Manikins are outfitted in authentic uniforms. Medals, insignias, and commemorative medallions are on exhibit. Maps and aerial photographs show the campaigns.

Equipment, weapons, ordnance, guns and ammo—and their provenance—are identified and described. Sometimes the donors are identified.

A covered garage exhibits more than one dozen vehicles from the war era, from both the United States and Japan. Additional vehicles are displayed in front, roadside.

The August 2010 issue of “Leatherneck” journal calls the Pacific War Museum “the best damn leatherneck museum in a 12,000-mile radius.”

The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, phone 1-671-477-8355.

A leisurely visit to the Pacific War Museum is a good investment of your time.

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