Lt Ei Yamaguchi
Surrendered - April 1947
Part of the 2nd Infantry Regt. and spent many
years in China where his unit commited horrendous atrocities against
innocent Chinese civilians. He was then stationed on Peleliu Island,
and survived the battle there, and went into hiding with a group of ther
survivors of the battle.
A band of 33 Japanese soldiers, commanded
by Ei Yamaguchi renews fighting on the island by attacking a Marine
patrol with hand grenades. At that time, only 150 Marines were stationed
on the island, with 35 dependents. Reinforcement were called in to
hunt down the hideouts. American patrols with a Japanese Admiral sent
to convince the troops that the war was indeed over finally convinced
the holdouts to come out peacefully. The band emerged from the jungle
in two groups in late April, lead by Ei Yamaguchi who turned over his
sword and unit's battle flags.
One 1947 articles state that a Japanese
navy enlisted man (who ratted out Yamaguchi's presence on Peleliu)
states that Yamaguchi shot one of his own men who wanted to surrender
(uncomfirmed). It is unclear if Yamaguchi knew the war was over or
Eric Mailander addds:
Read Account about Meeting Ei Yamaguchi
"During my 1994 Peleliu trip
I was present when Dateline interviewed him via Mr. Ashiba (translator).
I have a copy of the tape if you want to hear his interview on the
island but it's my only copy. During my personal talk with him on the
island, he had a look that sent chills down my spine!"
NBC Dateline "Return To Peleliu" aired
August 4, 1995
Dateline: "What were the orders
of the Japanese troops; didn't you know the war was over?"
Yamaguchi: "We could'nt beleive that we had lost. We
were always instructed that we could never lose. It is the Japanese
tradition that we must fight until we die, until the end."