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By Lacee A.C. Martinez

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 21) - Flags were ordered to fly at half-staff yesterday by Governor Felix Camacho to honor former Governor William "Bill" Daniel, the last non-Chamorro, U.S.-appointed governor of Guam.

Daniel died Tuesday morning in Liberty, Texas. He was 90 years old.

While governor of Guam, Daniel was the catalyst for the removal of the security-clearance travel restrictions placed on Guam by the U.S. government at the beginning of World War II. The clearance required anyone wanting to enter Guam to go through weeks of processing and approval from Navy officials. In 1963, the security clearance was permanently lifted through an executive order signed by President John F. Kennedy.

In a press release issued by Delegate Madeleine Bordallo's office, Bordallo said she was a friend of Daniel and that he loved the people of Guam.

"He was always active and very enthusiastic about improving things for Guam and our people," Bordallo said. "As I met with him over the years, he would always ask how the people of Guam were, and would reminisce about the time he spent here." Bordallo will make a tribute to the late governor on the floor of the House of Congress.

Before he came to Guam, Daniel was a trial attorney in his native Texas and a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

In 1995, Daniel was awarded the Ancient Order of the Chamorri by then Governor Carl Gutierrez and Lieutenant Governor Madeleine Bordallo. The award is the highest honor given to non-Chamorros, according to Pacific Daily News files.

Funeral services for Daniel will be held on Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Liberty, Texas.

June 22, 2006

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