Shoichi Yokoi Japanese Warrior - Interesting story Little Dragon

Shoichi Yokoi Japanese Warrior - Interesting story Little Dragon

Carried on a one man war for 28 years on Guam after World War Two
© Christopher Eger

Jul 9, 2006
The resourceful Sergeant remained hidden on an island just three times the size of Washigton DC for three decades after world war two, remaining faithful to his oath

When war broke out 26 year old bachelor Shoichi Yokoi was plucked from his life as a tailor in Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya, Japan and drafted into the army to serve his Emperor He served with the 29th Infantry Division in Manchuria from 1941 until he was transferred in 1943 to the 38th Regiment in Guam. He was an Army Sergeant, attached to the Supply corps when the Americans came to retake Guam in 1944.

According to the records about Guam (called Omiya-jima island by Japan), Sergeant Yokoi's unit was located in the Fena Mountain region when the Americans landed on the night of July 21 in Showa (now Nimitz) bay . The Japanese troops made banzai charges and the battle lasted through the early morning inflicting terrible carnage all along the front line. The Japanese attackers were annihilated by US tanks that had been brought ashore. Cut off from his unit, he took to the jungles. He spent nearly 28 years there, surviving by any means possible.

He was listed by the Japanese government as having been killed by Sept. 30 1944. A number of Japanese soldiers remained at large with Yokoi on the island. Two soldiers, privates Minagawa and Ito, were repatriated to Japan in 1960 after surrendering to Americans. Finally in 1964 when two compatriots, Shichi Mikio, a soldier, and Nakabata Satow, a civilian worker for a labor battalion, died Yokoi found himself entirely alone.

Yokoi lived in a tunnel-like, underground cave in a bamboo grove until Jan 24, 1972, when he was discovered near the Talofofo River by hunters and brought into a local police station with his hands bound with rope.

Two Japanese grenades, his non-functional Ariska rifle, and an American 155mm artillery shell were found in the caves alongside the buried remains of his two companions. He was remarkably healthy when he was found. Yokoi was able to keep from getting ringworm, lice infestations and other infectious diseases by bathing frequently and thoroughly. . He lived by trapping shrimp, fish, and rats and eating jungle vegetation. He had correctly calculated the time that had passed while in the jungle and knew that the year was 1972 when he was captured and was wearing a handmade uniform of his own design.

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5 years 25 weeks ago, 7:51 PM

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Remember hearing about this when I was in high school

"WAR IS A RACKET, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers." Major-General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC Ret. 2 time Medal of Honor winner.
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hollywood made a movie

yes i believe LEE MARVIN played a american marine loosely based on this story

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5 years 25 weeks ago, 8:19 PM

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The movie you are think about is call, Island in the Sun. Saw this movie couple week ago on Retro Movie channel with pops and little brother. also star beside Mr. Marvin, was Toshiro Mifune and this was fictional story and different story than one of Sgt. Yoichi.

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PS if not mind could please put warning on video like fat lady wash truck in future so ryo not have to see dozo ka It not big thing, but ryo like ivantank much and so follow many posts you make. Just thought would make ask if not mind.
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5 years 25 weeks ago, 8:37 PM

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Yea ivantank, I agree with little dragon, I don't like seeing fat naked women either. I have terrible nightmares from your video, so how about a little warning in the future :)

5 years 25 weeks ago, 8:49 PM

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MY most deep apolegies, I forget that a young man such as yourself must not see such horror. ladies have a bad habit of changing and I donot want to warp your thoughts of young girls. I shall learn from my mis-steps

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5 years 25 weeks ago, 8:56 PM

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arigato goziemasu! which mean thank you very much. hope not make upset in you but ryo still only 15 sai even though will turn 16 sai next month. was scary video. thought need say something. ryo hope other people close to age of self will join site too and must think of future of site with younger people to come. maybe samD san and reaper chan, and victor chan and clint san can make committee to help bring in more young people to site. ryo would want help if could. so let think about future and not worry about past. ryo is not anger or sad or hurt. just think it something for ivantank to think about neh.

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5 years 25 weeks ago, 8:12 PM

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know of this story, but he not last nihongi ww2 warrior found so many sai after war. was nother one found 2 sai later in 1974 on island in philippines. his type 99 sniper rifle still in perfect functioning condition and he have thousands of rounds of ammo. when he found and corner he not surrender, but so happen commanding officer of his brigade still alive, so this man was brought in and he explain to soldier that war over many sai and soldier finally surrender and come out of hiding. not remember name. pops might know. he remember story from when he senior in high school that same year. he graduate high school in 1974.

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5 years 25 weeks ago, 8:16 PM

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I remember that movie

Ofcourse, a lot of Japanese women married American GI's. I worked with 'Teruko' for many years. She played a mean game of cribbage. She was on board a ship that was torpedoed by the US and survived. She told us of her time on her island when she would run from the 'enemas' and hide. I said, 'well, Terry. I would run from enemas, too, but what do you mean?' She said, 'I run from you!'

I said, 'No, Terry. That wasn't me. That was my Dad!'

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1968

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Yea, I remember this movie. It was a good movie, but I hated the way it ended. After all of the stuff they went through, they get bombed. That sucks.

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I heard this story many years ago, amazing!

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His dedication

to his cause is something we can all learn from. If you swear an oath to your country... never waiver from that oath to the bitter end!

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