Corporal Shoichi Yokoi
Guam Island
Surrendered - January 1972

One of the most famous of holdouts, his story was widly reported in the world media, and he wrote a book translated to English about his wartime experiences and 28 years hiding on Guam as a Japanese holdout.

In 1941, Shoichi Yokoi was drafted and assigned to the regiment in China. Next, he was assigned to Guam.   After the American landings on Guam, the regiment Yokoi belonged to was almost annihilated, he flees into jungles. Yokoi was assumed to have been killed in the battle, Japanese government made announcement of his death.

Circumstances of His Surrender
Corporal Shoichi Yokoi, was found by two hunters while he was fishing along the Talofofo River and captured in January 1972. He brought back his army-issue rifle, which he said he wanted to return to "the Honorable Emperor," adding: "I am sorry I did not serve his majesty to my satisfaction."

"We Japanese soldiers were told to prefer death to the disgrace of getting captured alive,"
Yokoi, 1972

"The only thing that gave me the strength and will to survive was my faith in myself and that as a soldier of Japan, it was not a disgrace to continue on living"
Yokoi, 1986

In February 1972, Yokoi returns to Japan. He landed Tokyo first, and then came back to Nagoya, where he was born and raised. He marries Mihoko. He died on September 23, 1997 click to read his obituary A

Shoichi Yokoi Photo Gallery
Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. His pants and shirt he was wearing when discovered were made of local fibers (hibiscus bark) that he wove himself. He had been living in his manmade cave for the whole time and they were originally ten Japanese holdouts. However, for the last 8 years, he has been alone and before that he was with his two companions that died in 1962, eight years before his discovery. According to Yokoi, he had known since 1952 that the war was over, but he was afraid to come out of hiding.

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Yokoi during WWII
Greeted on Guam
after discovery in 1972
Yokoi in 1972
Hands raised in
"banzi" back in Japan
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Yokoi's Coat Utensils and supplies Coconut grater Yokoi's Clothes

Yokoi's Cave in 1972

Yokoi's Cave in 1997

Talofofo Falls
(Near Yokoi's Cave)

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Internet Links about Shoichi Yokoi

Shoichi Yokoi's Obituary
This Guam holdout returned to Japan to lecture on survival tactics and even ran for political office.

Last Japanese Straggler on Guam
Transcript of the Guam police interrogation of Sgt. Yokoi, and many photographs of him. Thanks to James Oglethorpe for this link.

Syoichi Yokoi Museum
Exhibit related to to Yokoi opens in Nagoya. It is open there free on every Sunday from June 25 2006. Thanks to Yohji Sakaida for this link

Hide & Seek
Article about Hiro Onoda and Shoichi Yokoi