MARK-UP OF FY 2001 MILITARY CONSTRUCTION

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

 

NEWS RELEASE May 4, 2000

BUDGET INCLUDES GUAM WORLD WAR II
MEMORIAL

Congressman Robert A. Underwood said today's mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2001 military construction budget by the House Military Installations Subcommittee (also known as the MilCon committee) includes a requirement to build a memorial at Fena inside the Naval Magazine, in memory of the people killed there during World War II. Additionally, some $37 million requested for military projects in Guam remained intact.

"The most important part of this military construction effort is that I was able to put in the bill a provision to require the Department of Defense to construct a monument for the people of Guam who died and suffered at the Fena cave inside Naval Magazine," the Congressman said, adding the provision was inspired by Speaker Antonio A. Unpingco, who has been pushing for access to the site in the highly restricted magazine area, at least once a year, to conduct commemoration ceremonies.

In 1941, prior to the American recapture of Guam, a systematic slaughter of Chamorros was undertaken by enemy forces. In Fena, 30 people were herded into a cave and shot to death. In Malesso, another two groups of 30 were executed at Tinta and Faha. In Yigo, 50 young men were killed after having completed a work assignment. And in Hagatna, 11 people were killed. The late Beatrice Flores Emsley, a survivor of the Hagatna massacre, was instrumental in helping Underwood win support for the establishment of the Asan Bay Overlook unit of Guam's War in the Pacific National Historical Park in 1993. Of these sites, only Fena is not easily accessible.

"Speaker Unpingco has done a lot of work on this particular issue, and partially out of inspiration by his continuing efforts to open up Fena, at least for an annual visit, we decided that it would be a good idea to include a monument there," the Congressman said, adding that the bill is expected to pass. "So the Department of Defense will be required to build this monument over the course of the upcoming year, and hopefully the people of Guam will be able to see it by Liberation (July 21) 2001."

The FY 2001 MilCon bill also includes $36 million for the Defense Logistics Agency for fuel storage areas at Andersen Air Force Base and $1 million for construction of a childcare facility at Naval Activities.

"This is good for Guam because it contributes to the economy and reinforces Guam's importance militarily," the Congressman said.

For additional information, contact:

Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office:

2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341

Email: guamtodc@mail.house.gov 

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932

Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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