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Junior Ranger Academy Kicks Off at War in the Pacific NHP

April 13, 2014

The second week of “Junior Ranger Academy” kicked off today at War in the Pacific NHP on Guam. During the week, 7th and 8th graders will become premier stewards of this special place by exploring park sites, learning how park rangers do their jobs, and protecting various resources right along side them. Today, park rangers gave a special tour to these Junior Rangers to some of the lesser-visited sites.

We began at Apaca Point, where a WWII pillbox still stands guard over the incoming waves. There, Junior Rangers discovered the Japanese defensive strategy during the 1944 Battle of Guam and also learned about some of the American “unsung heroes” of the campaign – the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) who cleared the way for the invasion forces. Next, the students ascended a trail through dense jungle to admire the enormous Piti Guns – the only guns the park protects still in their original position. Finally, the Junior Rangers bravely explored the dark corners of the Fonte Plateau bunker, a Japanese Naval Communications site, normally kept locked.

Great job, Junior Rangers!

To learn more about the park, visit www.nps.gov/wapa. To learn more about our non-profit cooperating partner, Pacific Historic Parks, who helped make Junior Ranger Academy possible, visit www.pacifichistoricparks.org.

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