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SYMBOLISM OF GUAM

 

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USS GUAM
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In developing the ship’s crest for the USS GUAM, It was attempted to symbolize by heraldic devisements, three main well springs of significance; the mission of an amphibious assault ship (LPH), the Battle of Guam in World War II and the other major events in the island’s history, as well as the close tactical relationship of the NAVY-MARINE CORPS team.

SHIELD: The chevron rompu (the broken chevron) in the middle of the shield symbolizes an amphibious attack. The caltrop (spike) at the bottom of the shield is used to symbolize the Navy’s support of the assault forces. This also symbolized the shoulder sleeve insignia of the Third Marine Division which made the initial assault landings for the liberation of the Island of Guam in 1944. The chief embattled also alludes the Island of Guam in that the native Guamanians were from Chamorri, the ancient name for the chief in the chamorro. vernacular. Blue and gold are the colors of the Navy and the scarlet and gold colors of the Marine Corps. The latter are also the colors of Spain. They allude to the discovery of the Island of Guam by the Spanish under Magellan. 1965-1989 CREST: The winged grenade refers to the Marines and the assault landings made by sea.

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1990-1998 CREST: The Eagle represents the bold spirit of the America which GUAM has been tasked to defend. It alludes to the swift precision of the air-to-land strikes that has become exemplary of the NAVY-MARINE CORPS team, symbolizing the fierce and tenacious spirit of the amphibious forces. The 13 stars represent the original American Colonies, who fought valiantly against the British during the Revolutionary war for independence from the island nation’s monarchy rule. During this time, the young government of the United States established both the NAVY and the MARINE CORPS