WWII US Navy aerial photo of Guam, 1945. Photograph from the US National Archives courtesy of Micronesian Seminar (MicSem).

When the Navy took back control of Guam the appointed naval governor immediately began condemning huge tracts of land, including whole villages. The US had flattened portions of Guam during the intense bombing, and now the naval government began changing the landscape of the island to build several military bases.