New Guam statue honors military service, Vietnam refugees

It was exactly the sort of day that challenges those serving in the U.S. Navy. Gusting rain and high surf crashing over the Ritidian reef. Regardless, those wearing the uniform are obligated to perform their duties.

With his hands shoved in the pockets of his pea jacket for warmth and his sea bag at hand, the seven foot tall Lone Sailor statue was unveiled during a ceremony at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor's Complex at Adelup, Guam Dec. 15.

Photo Joint Region Marianas

"This Lone Sailor will stand the watch at Adelup," said Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander, Joint Region Marianas. "[It] looks out to that very important point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Philippine Sea, where great battles were generated, and great victories won on behalf of freedom; and the free and open Indo-Pacific that we cherish has its defense here on Guam."