Captain Sakae Oba
Surrendered - December 1, 1945
Captain Sakae Oba and about forty-six other
members of his force held out after the Battle for Saipan hiding in the
caves and jungles, carrying out occasional guerrilla actions against U.S.
forces, which had declared the island secured in July 1944.
officially surrendered to American forces on December 1, 1945. His group
was the last organized resistance of the Japanese forces on Saipan.
Some of his men returned to Saipan back in
the 1980s. Oba had heart problems in later life, and died sometime
in the 1980s.
Books on Captain Oba
(far left) Captain Oba holding regimental colors
during his official surrender.