It's exactly 40 years since a Japanese soldier was found in the jungles of Guam, having survived there for nearly three decades after the end of WWII. He was given a hero's welcome on his return to Japan - but never quite felt at home in modern society.

Shoichi Yokoi, the Japanese soldier who held out in Guam

It's exactly 40 years since a Japanese soldier was found in the jungles of Guam, having survived there for nearly three decades after the end of WWII. He was given a hero's welcome on his return to Japan - but never quite felt at home in modern society.

Shoichi Yokoi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shoichi Yokoi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1972 After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended. Guam, a 200-square-mile island in the western Pacific, became a U.S. possession in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. In 1941, the Japanese attacked and captured it, and in 1944, after three years of Japanese occupation, U.S. forces retook Guam. It was at this time that Yokoi, left behind by the retreating Japanese forces, went into…

1972 After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended. Guam, a 200-square-mile island in the western Pacific, became a U.S. possession in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. In 1941, the Japanese attacked and captured it, and in 1944, after three years of Japanese occupation, U.S. forces retook Guam. It was at this time that Yokoi, left behind by the retreating Japanese forces, went into…

Shōichi Yokoi (横井 庄一 Yokoi Shōichi, March 31, 1915 – September 22, 1997) was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 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 in January 1972, almost 28 years after US forces had regained control of the island in 1944.

Shōichi Yokoi (横井 庄一 Yokoi Shōichi, March 31, 1915 – September 22, 1997) was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 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 in January 1972, almost 28 years after US forces had regained control of the island in 1944.

Jan 24, 1972: Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese holdout, is found hiding on Guam.  After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended.

Jan 24, 1972: Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese holdout, is found hiding on Guam. After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended.

We traveled a long way to see this hole! lol-- It's where Shoichi Yokoi hid out in Guam for 28 years, vowing not to surrender.

We traveled a long way to see this hole! lol-- It's where Shoichi Yokoi hid out in Guam for 28 years, vowing not to surrender.

1972 - Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was discovered in Guam, having spent 28 years hiding in the jungle thinking World War II was still going on.

1972 - Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was discovered in Guam, having spent 28 years hiding in the jungle thinking World War II was still going on.

Hiroo Onoda in 2012 reflects on his life in hiding. Two years before he returned to Japan, another former soldier, Shoichi Yokoi, was found in the jungles of Guam and returned home. Onoda subsequently moved to Brazil, but returned to Japan to set up a private school that taught the survival tactics he used during his time in hiding in the Philippines.

Hiroo Onoda in 2012 reflects on his life in hiding. Two years before he returned to Japan, another former soldier, Shoichi Yokoi, was found in the jungles of Guam and returned home. Onoda subsequently moved to Brazil, but returned to Japan to set up a private school that taught the survival tactics he used during his time in hiding in the Philippines.

January 24, 1972: Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, is found hiding in the jungles of Guam, almost 28 years after American forces regained control of the island in 1944. Despite hiding for twenty-eight years in an underground jungle cave, he had known since 1952 that WWII had ended. He feared to come out of hiding, explaining, “We Japanese soldiers were told to prefer death to the disgrace of getting captured alive.

January 24, 1972: Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, is found hiding in the jungles of Guam, almost 28 years after American forces regained control of the island in 1944. Despite hiding for twenty-eight years in an underground jungle cave, he had known since 1952 that WWII had ended. He feared to come out of hiding, explaining, “We Japanese soldiers were told to prefer death to the disgrace of getting captured alive.

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