It's official. The U.S. flag raised over Guam again, July 31, 1944


"In the shadow of Mount Alifan the American flag was raised over the rich red and black soil of Guam at 4 o'clock this afternoon after two and a half years of Japanese occupation. As the Stars and Stripes were unfurled atop a white metal pole in the sultry air, artillery fire crashed from a meadow near by and shells whistled overhead into the Japanese lines near Sumay, two miles away, where marines on a muddy plateau were poised for a drive on the Orote Peninsula airfield."

Robert Trumbull, New York Times, July 31, 1944