(1972) Japanese soldier found on Guam 27 years after WWII endsShoichi Yokoi, Japanese Imperial Army sergeant, is found living in a remote underground jungle cave on the island of Guam. Having believed it is his duty to die rather than surrender after WWII ends, Yokoi says, upon his return to Japan, “It is with much embarrassment, but I have returned.”Shōichi Yokoi was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War. He was among the last three Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945, discovered in the jungles of Guam on 24 January 1972, almost 28 years after U.S. forces had regained control of the island in 1944.
Born: Mar 31, 1915 · Saori, Aichi, Japan Died: Sep 22, 1997 · Nagoya, Japan
1941: He was an apprentice tailor when he was conscripted in 1941.
1944: When American forces captured the island in the 1944 Battle of Guam, Yokoi went into hiding with nine other Japanese soldiers.
1997: Shoichi Yokoi died on September 22, 1997 in Nagoya, Japan.