Calling all football fans and history buffs!!!
Immediately after World War II, the American military stationed in the South Pacific began playing full-contact football - pads and all.
Andersen Air Force Base'
s Gilkeson Field, named after Brig. Gen. Adlai H. Gilkeson, commanding general of the 19th Bombardment Wing from 1949 to 1951, served as home of the North Field Bombers, the base football team!
Teams in Japan, the Philippines, and Guam played in local military leagues, occasionally flying long distances to compete.
A league champ on Guam wasn'
t determined until 1947, when the 1st Marine Brigade and the 501st Port Battalion tied for the island championship. The North Field (later Andersen) Bombers went undefeated in the 1948 season to capture the island title, which began a long legacy of the most successful football team on Guam for the next 34 years. The Bombers won at least 17 league/island championships - including 11 titles in a row from 1955 to 1966. The last Bomber championship was in 1974.
Other teams on the island were also rich in tradition and history. In short, while the Navy dominated the league with their number of teams in action, it was the Andersen Bombers that dominated on the scoreboard and in the
standings. The Bombers lasted until the leagues'
end after the 1981 season.
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Joint Region Marianas US Naval Base Guam U.S. Pacific Air Forces 1st Marine Brigade