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Saipan: From Then to Now

Saipan: From Then to Now P F Kluge When I left the island of Saipan after two years of Peace Corps service in the late 1960s, I promised myself that I would return as often as pos- sible. That’s not the same as living there, certainly not the same as having been born there. But it’s a promise that I have kept and still keep. I was back in the early 1970s to work for the Congress of Micronesia’s Future Political Status Commission, in the mid-1970s to work for the Microne- sian Constitutional Convention. Magazine assignments brought me back, as did the research for my 1991 book The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia. Most recently, I was invited back to give a speech in connec- tion with the sixtieth anniversary of the World War II battle for Saipan. What follows is an edited version of “Saipan: From Then to Now,” deliv- ered to an audience of veterans and Saipan residents on 16 June 2004. I’ll begin with a scrap, just a scrap, of poetry. If you travel around Aus- tralia and drop in for an early evening drink at a Returned Servicemen’s Club, you’ll find that, at precisely 7 pm, the lights will http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

P F Kluge When I left the island of Saipan after two years of Peace Corps service in the late 1960s, I promised myself that I would return as often as pos- sible. That’s not the same as living there, certainly not the same as having been born there. But it’s a promise that I have kept and still keep. I was back in the early 1970s to work for the Congress of Micronesia’s Future Political Status Commission, in the mid-1970s to work for the Microne- sian Constitutional Convention. Magazine assignments brought me back, as did the research for my 1991 book The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia. Most recently, I was invited back to give a speech in connec- tion with the sixtieth anniversary of the World War II battle for Saipan. What follows is an edited version of “Saipan: From Then to Now,” deliv- ered to an audience of veterans and Saipan residents on 16 June 2004. I’ll begin with a scrap, just a scrap, of poetry. If you travel around Aus- tralia and drop in for an early evening drink at a Returned Servicemen’s Club, you’ll find that, at precisely 7 pm, the lights will

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 6, 2005

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