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Sancho de Beurko Elkartea defends the role of the “other Basques,” at Guadalcanal (1942): “History vs. Myth”

07/26/2021

Domingo Amuchastegui (center) and his brothers Julián (left) and John, US WW2 Veterans (courtesy Amuchastegui family)
Domingo Amuchastegui (center) and his brothers Julián (left) and John, US WW2 Veterans (courtesy Amuchastegui family)

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Donostia-San Sebastián. A new installment of the blog "Echoes of Two Wars, 1936-45" entitled The Other Basques at the Battle of Guadalcanal: History vs. Myth." Defending the memory of the Basque soldiers who fought in the US armed forces and participated in the summer of 1942 in the landing and conquest of this island located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, in the context of the greatest offensive of the Allies on the Pacific Front of World War II.

The blog claims that “in face of the legend and the myth of Carranza and his group of ‘Basque code talkers,’ the real events carried out by Americans of Basque origin, of flesh and blood, with names and surnames, must be defended by Basque historiography as active subjects that belong to our Diaspora and our common history.”

Researchers at the Sancho de Beurko Elkartea have identified among the Fighting Basques, in the Campaign of Guadalcanal, US Basques like John Facque Elissalde, John Sallaberry Berra, Henry Etchemendy Hauscarriage, Joseph Quintana Ybáñez, Domingo Amuchastegui Guenaga, John Maitia Urbelz, John Basañez Basteguieta, James Miguelgorry Souhilar and Joaquin Juanche Muñoz, all of them born in the United States to Basque parents.

Read their story here in the Blog (Spanish).



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