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    Governor Guerrero was born October 25, 1914, in Agana, the capital of Guam. Educated here,?

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    WHEREAS, the Honourable Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States, is bestowing great honour upon the Territory of Guam by being the first President to visit our Island; and

    WHEREAS, Guam is also greatly honoured by being chosen as the site for a major conference between the President and his top advisers and military leaders; and

    WHEREAS, the visit and conference a further manifestation of the vital role Guam is playing as a strategic military bastion pressing the battle for freedom in Viet Nam; and

    WHEREAS, in the President's own words, Guam has experienced the terror of war but now reflects in its people and its atmosphere the peace America seeks for all mankind; and

    WHEREAS, the people of Guam have demonstrated their full support of the President's policy in Viet Nam, and will continue that support as long as democracy is threatened there or anywhere in the world; and

    WHEREAS, the people of Guam are proud to have the opportunity to personally demonstrate that support to their President by giving him the warmest of welcomes;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Manuel F. L. Guerrero, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of Guam, do hereby proclaim MONDAY and TUESDAY, March 20 and 21, as PRESIDENTIAL DAYS OF HONOUR, and call upon all residents of the territory to join in the observance of this heartfelt tribute to our President.

    DONE at the City of Agana, this 15th day of March in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and sixty-seven.


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    Background: Governor Guerrero was born October 25, 1914, in Agana, the capital of Guam. Educated here, he joined the U.S. Naval Government of Guam in 1930 as a messenger, and rose through various administrative positions to island bookeeper. He was interned for a brief period when Guam fell to the Japanese shortly after Pearl Harbour. Following the war he returned to the military government as a clerk and rose to the post of administrative assistant before resigning to enter private business. When president Harry Truman signed the Organic Act of 1950, granting civil government to Guam, he returned as a member of the First Guam Legislature, working also as a member of the staff of the first civilian governor, Carlton Skinner. Subsequently he held several top positions in the government and also served as staff director of the Legislature. He was appointed Secretary of Guam (approximates Lieutenant Governor) by President John F. Kennedy in May, 1961, and Governor of Guam in March, 1963. He also serves as a commissioner of the South Pacific Commission. Mrs. Guerrero, the former Delfina Tuncap, also was born in Agana. They have seven children.

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