Bitiranu Gi Geran Vietnam


Introduction in CHamoru


Introduction in English


The primary goal of this project is to record the unique experiences of CHamoru veterans of the Vietnam War from Guam; their stories; their perspectives; their experiences and their feelings about the conflict, its effect on their lives and the island of Guam. These interviews were conducted in CHamoru and English with the emphasis on CHamoru in order to elicit unique perspectives as well as assist in the study of the language of CHamoru.


These interviews were conducted by CHamoru language teachers who received training through the project to conduct respectful interviews, provide follow-up questions and pursue lines of inquiry as seemed appropriate.


In order to ensure sensitivity and accuracy, two veterans served as advisers. They are Retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Bill Cundiff and Retired USMC Colonel Danny Santos. Both are Vietnam War veterans themselves. Their role was to identify the veterans in collaboration with veteran organizations and their personal knowledge. The project also worked with the Vietnam Veterans of America – Guam Chapter and the Purple Heart Association. As much as possible, combat veterans were selected and their stories were recorded in interviews that varied between 30 minutes and two hours. There were stories of battlefield tragedy and heroism. Similarly, their lives subsequent to their Vietnam War experience were varied. The full range of their experiences and what it meant for them as individuals and for Guam were eloquently explained in their own words.


Questions and lines of inquiry were proposed and approved before the project was initiated with the assistance of the two advisers, and a CHamoru language expert. Preliminary training was provided via zoom by the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.


The main vehicle for dissemination is through a website under Humanities Guåhan, an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and archiving protocols with two organizations:


The American Folklife Center, Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)


University of Hawai’i Keipuleohone Language Archive


Cooperative agreements will also be signed with the Kumision I Fino’ CHamoru and the University of Guam, Micronesian Area search Center for the archiving of materials and conducting the interviews.


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The project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through a Chairman’s grant awarded to Humanities Guåhan by Chairman Jon Parrish Peede as one of his last actions before he left office. It was proposed by Robert Underwood with the support of Kimberlee Kihleng, Executive Director of Humanities Guåhan. Additional funding was provided by the Education Stabilization Fund from the Office of Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.


Contact information

Robert Underwood, [email protected]

Kimberlee Kihleng, [email protected]



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Project Director Robert Underwood
Member, Kumision I Fino’ CHamoru
Veteran Advisers Bill Cundiff, Retired USAF
Danny Santos, Retired USMC
CHamoru Linguist Teresita C. Flores
Production Crew Stone Studio: Traven Blas, Francis Valencia,
David Macapinlac


  • Roque Santos
  • Rick Agustin
  • Raymond Baza
  • Aguon, Pete
  • Nick Francisco
  • Martin Manglona
  • Juan Quidachay
  • Juan Mafnas
  • Juan Benevente
  • Jose Kosaka
  • John Toves Flores
  • John Chargualaf
  • Juan Blaz
  • Joe Lujan
  • Frank Lizama
  • Frank Guerrero
  • Frank Duenas
  • Francisco Mendiola
  • David Terlaje
  • David Taitague
  • David Sablan
  • Danny Mendiola
  • Daniel Miranda
  • Alejandro Damian
  • Al Lizama
  • Emily Sablan


  • Joseph Franquez
  • Joaquin Concepcion
  • Theresa “EWY” Taitano
  • Robert Underwood
  • Yvonne Toves
  • Julie Garcia
  • Teresita Flores