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.

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.

Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi Items eel traps

Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi Items eel traps

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.

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

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…

Shoichi Yokoi's cave, Guam. Imagine hiding from civilization for 28 years.

Shoichi Yokoi's cave, Guam. Imagine hiding from civilization for 28 years.

January 24 – Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered in Guam; he had spent 28 years in the jungle and becomes the third-to-last Japanese soldier to surrender after World War II.

January 24 – Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered in Guam; he had spent 28 years in the jungle and becomes the third-to-last Japanese soldier to surrender after World War II.

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