Survivors still hope for war claims p...

Survivors still hope for war claims passage

There are 17 comments on the Marianas Variety story from Apr 24, 2008, titled Survivors still hope for war claims passage. In it, Marianas Variety reports that:

“Guam was never given any (compensation) for the sufferings that we've had. The war reparations act would help out. It will help out a lot of people.”

THE news of the Guam war claims bill in Congress reaching another stumbling block have some survivors perplexed on whether the issue would ever be settled. via Marianas Variety

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reality

Guam

#1 Apr 27, 2008
Why dont the "Chamorrons" understand this? Why on earth would the US government give residents of Guam reparations for their "undue pain and sufferings" what a joke!, dies that mean the US should pay a Jewish people for what Hitler did to them? should the US pay the Iraqies for Husseins doings? NO, Deal with it Guam, the US governement saved your asses from the Japanese in the 1940's why should it pay you now?
gogreen

Barrigada, Guam

#2 Jun 17, 2008
Somewhat saved us. Depends on how you look at it.
people

Hagatna, Guam

#3 Jun 18, 2008
gogreen wrote:
Somewhat saved us. Depends on how you look at it.
Does that make it right for people to demand money they don't deserve?????
bcguam

San Diego, CA

#4 Jun 19, 2008
In response to comments made by "reality", One question, where were you educated? HR 1595 is not requesting reparations for foreign citizens. Survivors of the Japanese occupation on Guam are American Citizens. During the Japanese occupation, thousands of lives were lost. Family history information can never be recovered and property was taken as a result of war between the United States and Japan. Chamorros (Americans) did not start it but did suffer because of it. You are trying to put the people of Guam into a category of foreigners who do not deserve reparations. The people of Guam then and now are citizens of the United States. I salute Madeleine Bordallos' efforts on behalf of the people of Guam.
people

Hagatna, Guam

#5 Jun 19, 2008
The fact that these people are U.S. citizen does not matter. They do NOT deserve money from the U.S. because they suffered from the JAPANESE occupation. Maybe they should ask the Japanese for the money...
If you want to question education..why don't you do some research on the lovely Madeleine Bordallos...
bcguam

San Diego, CA

#6 Jun 19, 2008
Hey "reality", Chamorrons? Either your spelling and grammar skills have been left wanting or you are trying to insult the people of Guam. If you really feel that way about it, why don't you leave? Comparing the Chamorros (correct spelling by the way) to (with all due respects) Jews and Iraqis leads most to assume you are not the least bit familiar with the country you are in. In reality, it is a waste of time and energy to cross sabers with the ignorant.(ignorant is in the dictionary, you may need to look it up) So I'll stop here. Friendly suggestion, use "spell check" before submitting your articles. By the way, both Northwest and Continental have daily departure flights. Pick one!
Sumura1

Yigo, Guam

#7 Jul 9, 2008
Why would the 'survivors deserve any kind of financial compensation. It was their parents etc that had to endure the problems from the Japanese occupation. Why should the survivors be rewarded?
Sumura1

Yigo, Guam

#8 Jul 9, 2008
Why would the survivors of those that suffered at the hands of an occupying force be the ones that receive financial gain..It was the parents etc that had to endure the atrocities not the survivors.
GumPow

San Diego, CA

#9 Jul 24, 2008
Hafa Adai! Basta Este I Basula! The first block for Guam War Claim failed, voted out by one of the U.S. Congress Rep. What make you all so sure that the second stumbling block will go through to get the Guam War Claim from the U.S. Our ELECTED OFFICIALS should starve the JAPANESE ELECTED OFFICIALS to compensate the lost and suffering of many deceased Guamanians. The U.S. liberated us from the Japanese. Compensation package for the People of Guam should come from Japan's Economy. One strict habit of the real Chamorro is that 'asking is only made once, not twice or more.' Failed the first time, would fail the second time. Adios!
duendes

San Diego, CA

#10 Nov 10, 2008
reality wrote:
Why dont the "Chamorrons" understand this? Why on earth would the US government give residents of Guam reparations for their "undue pain and sufferings" what a joke!, dies that mean the US should pay a Jewish people for what Hitler did to them? should the US pay the Iraqies for Husseins doings? NO, Deal with it Guam, the US governement saved your asses from the Japanese in the 1940's why should it pay you now?
You are so ignorant.
Jman

Mililani, HI

#11 Nov 11, 2008
and afraid. only a chicken shit would call Chamorros names while hiding behind the veil of internet anonymity. Dude, "reality", why don't you step out in public with the brass balls you pretend to have and spew your name calling, and I'll show you reality. I'm not weighing in either way on war reparations, but if you wanna start dissing Guam as a people, let's dance.

Imbestin chagun malana.
Grand daughter in Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ

#12 Dec 31, 2008
First of all, I am a surviving grand daughter of grand parents who were affected by the War. 3 of my 4 grand parents survived the war atrocities 1 did not -- my Mom's Dad. I assisted my Grandma Brigida Candaso San Nicolas with her war reparations claim back in the 80's and I've kept this claim alive by keeping up with the latest developments with the legislation. Both my Grandma Brigida and I felt it important to submit this war claim and to follow it -- sort of my promise to her as she passed away several years ago. I will not let her efforts go in vain. She was a young Mom forced to march through the jungles of the south, witness to her husband's violent death in a fox hole with 3 young daughters -- 1 of which died of starvation at the hands of the Japanese. Do you know that the Japanese civilians were compensated by the US Government? I agree that the Japanese Government should compensate Guamanians however, if the US can step in and help -- my family welcomes this. I applaud M. Bordallo and those in the past and present pursuing the reparations -- more power to all of you! I lost my grandfather and aunt -- nobody can tell me that this is not a loss to my family.
NAV

United States

#13 Mar 12, 2009
This a buyoff. The US doesn't want to admit to what they have done to the people of Guam in the way of the severe contamination. Bordallo is doing nothing but running interference for the US military. You should be suing the pants off of the US. Instead you'll hang your heads and accept whatever is presented to you by way of this Act
nlspot

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#14 Jul 27, 2009
Roland Tman

Tamuning, Guam

#15 Mar 18, 2016
reality wrote:
Why dont the "Chamorrons" understand this? Why on earth would the US government give residents of Guam reparations for their "undue pain and sufferings" what a joke!, dies that mean the US should pay a Jewish people for what Hitler did to them? should the US pay the Iraqies for Husseins doings? NO, Deal with it Guam, the US governement saved your asses from the Japanese in the 1940's why should it pay you now?
Because part of the surrender agreement was that the Japanese would be forgiven and free from any claims as a result of the war. Thus the u.s. Government waiving any claims against the Japanese now incurs the responsibility for forgiving the Japanese.
Roland Tman

Tamuning, Guam

#16 Mar 18, 2016
bcguam wrote:
In response to comments made by "reality", One question, where were you educated? HR 1595 is not requesting reparations for foreign citizens. Survivors of the Japanese occupation on Guam are American Citizens. During the Japanese occupation, thousands of lives were lost. Family history information can never be recovered and property was taken as a result of war between the United States and Japan. Chamorros (Americans) did not start it but did suffer because of it. You are trying to put the people of Guam into a category of foreigners who do not deserve reparations. The people of Guam then and now are citizens of the United States. I salute Madeleine Bordallos' efforts on behalf of the people of Guam.
Hate to break your thunder but the people of Guam were not u.s. Citizens before nor during the war. They became us citizens in 1950 as a result of congressional action. Does the Organic Act ring a bell? Matter of there are consideration to include Chamorros as native Americans since they are indigenous to the island similar to the Eskimos and Hawaiians.
Roland Tman

Tamuning, Guam

#17 Mar 18, 2016
reality wrote:
Why dont the "Chamorrons" understand this? Why on earth would the US government give residents of Guam reparations for their "undue pain and sufferings" what a joke!, dies that mean the US should pay a Jewish people for what Hitler did to them? should the US pay the Iraqies for Husseins doings? NO, Deal with it Guam, the US governement saved your asses from the Japanese in the 1940's why should it pay you now?
Did the us recaptured Guam to save the people here? Hardly, they recaptured Guam for it self interest. The people that were simply collateral damage and because of goodness, the people were spared. Easy on the hate tone.

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