Jan 28, 2013, 05:37 PM
I'm currently stationed in Guam for the next 9 months and was wondering if anybody out there had any good advice on where to go metal detecting at? I'm stationed at the Naval base and I found out I have to be real careful where I detect because of UXO's. I'm really wanting to find old coins and relics. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Jan 28, 2013, 05:39 PM
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Jan 29, 2013, 04:41 AM
Originally Posted by jrmat127
New member here too... I am stationed on Guam also and have been here nearly 3 years. I've done some metal detecting, but it's frustrating out here.
Your best bet would be along Gab Gab beach on the NAVSTA, or in town - along the beaches in Tumon. Another place may be Tarague beach on Andersen AFB.
Stay away from the invasion beaches (Agat and Asan) - you will get in trouble with the NPS, plus you will find a ton of shrapnel everywhere as well as UXO. Navy security may give you a hard time at Gab Gab also because of the UXO risk.
I am interested in WW2 history and every time I have gone metal detecting I find 20 pieces of shrapnel for every one shell casing... and not much else. I've dug up some UXO also so it's just not worth it for me. Even in the jungle behind my house near NCTS - I found a bunch of nails, then M1 carbine rounds, then a loaded M1 carbine magazine. When I dug up a bunch of mortar fuses, I stopped digging.
There was heavy fighting on Orote Peninsula so expect to find a lot of junk there... but along the beach in Tumon it should not be that bad if you're looking for typical beach stuff.
Feb 01, 2013, 01:05 AM
I really appreciate your advice. I'm thinking about becoming scuba qualified so I can find some stuff in the water. I went to San Luis beach last weekened and didn't find a thing. Like you said, Gab Gab is probably ideal because there is a lot more traffic there vs San Luis beach. I would love to detect around some of these old forts, but once again the threat of UXO's and the difficulty of breaking brush in those areas makes it tough. I have access to a map that lets me know what areas on the Naval Base have been cleared and what areas haven't. I just haven't had time to go get the map yet. Thanks again for your advice and let me know if you can think of anything else.
Feb 01, 2013, 08:14 AM
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Feb 24, 2013, 09:35 AM
UXO stands for Un-Exploded Explosive Ordinance.
I used to be a combat engineer in the NATO quick reaction force in Afghanistan. It means mineclearer.
If you are to dig at places where there might be UXO, make sure to have a buddy to stand by if something is to happen, and a decent evacuation plan.
I do not recommend doing this without proper training, so try to find a buddy in the engineer core. If you are going to do this anyway, I want to give a few tips.
NEVER search wider than your shoulders with the detector, and mark your path with spray colored rocks or small flags, markers or so on. On your return path, overlap the last path with half a detector head to make sure you did not miss anything.
Dig up 3 x 3 feet of sand, 2 foot deep on the area you shall search. Make sure this does not contain any metal readings and use this area to calibrate your detector (zero it) before each trip in to the place you shall clear.
When you get a reading:
*Prod the area with a long screwdriver or similar to see if there is a landmine or grenade. Have at least 30 degree angle on it. Do this carefully.
*start digging with a non metallic plastic showel (type garden) at least 15" from the place you pinpointed contact. Make sure to carefully make a trench towards it. Some times there might be stuff like a live hand grenade under a landmine or other object. Boobytraps are frequent among poor soldiers.
*leave all the sand behind you. Some times the sand itself gives a reading.
Again, I do not recommend doing this in such areas without proper training. Minimum training for such in Norway is at least 6 months.
If you find something, clear the area around it and make a huge sandbag pile all around it. Have someone blow it up. Make sure shrapnel does not further contaminate your search area (that a what the sandbags are for).
Mar 30, 2013, 01:49 AM
JR and Dave,
Originally Posted by jrmat127
Would it be possible for me to borrow some of your time?
I'm also stationed in Guam (since Oct 2012). Yesterday, I lost my tungsten wedding ring on Gun Beach. It's not a very expensive ring but has sentimental value. I've tried sifting through the sand to no avail. I found one place that rents detectors but only for ferrous metals and a pawn shop that had a decent one in stock...for over $1000.
If possible, there's a 10' x 10' area that I'd like to scan. Lunch would be on me!
Aug 25, 2013, 10:39 AM
Geeze, you gentlemen are making me feel old, your coffee is over there ---> X Some where in here, I posted an article on the Islands monetary base being dumped in the Ocean when the **** invaded Guam. As far as I know it is still unaccounted for. They intended to recover it after the war, but I cannot find any reference that they ever did.They were still making boom boom sounds when I was there in 44. But when I returned from the Philippine in 45 en route to "The Golden Gate in 48' it had quieted down. so go find that huge amount of Silver dollars etc, and have fun while doing it.
Don Jose de La Mancha
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Aug 25, 2013, 11:36 AM
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Sep 03, 2013, 08:06 PM
Gee, I am 71, and you make me feel like a kid. when i was born, you were in the war already. Good job!
I think I wrote somewhere here that a year or so ago, I learned about cousins I had never heard of before. One died on Bougainville in 1944. He was a Marine, but as best as I can tell was left with his unit, those anti-aircraft units, I forget what they call them, when the Marines turned it over to the Army in late '43.
Oct 03, 2013, 01:32 AM
I also live in Guam. Been here 7 years now. Im prepping to start digging out here but also am a bit paranoid about UXO. There is a great deal of potential out here and would like to start going with someone. Anyone up?
Nov 23, 2013, 08:51 PM
IAM NEW TO GUAM JUST GOT HERE 5 MONTHS AGO AND LOOKING FOR TREASURE HUNTING BUDDY. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO LOOK FOR?
Nov 23, 2013, 09:41 PM
I go anywhere really jd. Mostly look for coins and jewelry. Beaches parks and anywhere else I can get permission.
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Feb 02, 2014, 02:07 AM
My husband and I just went out for the first time since we received our metal detectors. We went to Gun beach, but left shortly after to go to Serena beach on Andersen. It would be nice to go out with people that are located here in Guam.
Feb 07, 2014, 02:29 AM
I was there 76-78, hunted all over. Tumon between the Hilton and Reef hotel was a jewelry box.
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