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

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.

Japanese WWII Soldier Found Hiding in Guam Jungle (1/24/1972)  3/31/1915--9/22/1997 Yokoi's first haircut in 28 years) 	 	Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who went into hiding in the jungles of Guam in 1944 as Allied forces took the island; 28 years later, he was still there. He had hidden in an underground cave, fearing to come out of hiding even after finding leaflets declaring that WWII had ended. In 1972, he was found by hunters and returned to Japan.

Japanese WWII Soldier Found Hiding in Guam Jungle (1/24/1972) 3/31/1915--9/22/1997 Yokoi's first haircut in 28 years) Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who went into hiding in the jungles of Guam in 1944 as Allied forces took the island; 28 years later, he was still there. He had hidden in an underground cave, fearing to come out of hiding even after finding leaflets declaring that WWII had ended. In 1972, he was found by hunters and returned to Japan.

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…

Safrudin S. Manyila: SERSAN SHOICHI YOKOI,Nakamura (Di Morotai) Letnan Dua Hiroo Onoda MENYERAH SETELAH 27 TAHUN PERANG USAI

Safrudin S. Manyila: SERSAN SHOICHI YOKOI,Nakamura (Di Morotai) Letnan Dua Hiroo Onoda MENYERAH SETELAH 27 TAHUN PERANG USAI

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.

24 Jan 72: Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi, the third to the last Japanese holdout of WWII, is discovered in the jungles of Guam, almost 28 years after US forces had regained control of the island in 1944. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0124&s=720124 #WWII

24 Jan 72: Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi, the third to the last Japanese holdout of WWII, is discovered in the jungles of Guam, almost 28 years after US forces had regained control of the island in 1944. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0124&s=720124 #WWII

Shoichi Yokoi, 82, Is Dead; Japan Soldier Hid 27 Years

Shoichi Yokoi, 82, Is Dead; Japan Soldier Hid 27 Years

Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese soldier who hid in jungles of Guam for 27 years rather than surrender to American forces at end of World War II, died on Sept 22 at age photos (L)

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.

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.

Shoichi Yokoi was a soldier, conscripted into the Imperial Japanese Army in 1941 and sent to Guam shortly thereafter. In 1944, as American forces reconquered the island, Yokoi went into hiding. On January 24, 1972, Yokoi was discovered in a remote section of Guam. For 28 years he was hiding in an underground cave, fearing to come out even after finding leaflets declaring that World War II had ended. "It is with much embarrassment that I have returned alive," he said. #bizarre

Shoichi Yokoi was a soldier, conscripted into the Imperial Japanese Army in 1941 and sent to Guam shortly thereafter. In 1944, as American forces reconquered the island, Yokoi went into hiding. On January 24, 1972, Yokoi was discovered in a remote section of Guam. For 28 years he was hiding in an underground cave, fearing to come out even after finding leaflets declaring that World War II had ended. "It is with much embarrassment that I have returned alive," he said. #bizarre

Photo:  Shoichi Yokoi weeping with emotion as he is applauded on his arrival in Tokyo after hiding in the jungle of Guam for 28 years,31 years after he had left Japan to do his military service. (Keystone/Getty)

Photo: Shoichi Yokoi weeping with emotion as he is applauded on his arrival in Tokyo after hiding in the jungle of Guam for 28 years,31 years after he had left Japan to do his military service. (Keystone/Getty)

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.

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.

On January 24, 1972, in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discovered Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who, after 28 years of hiding, was still unaware that World War II had ended.

On January 24, 1972, in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discovered Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who, after 28 years of hiding, was still unaware that World War II had ended.

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