The World: The Last Soldier

On the tiny (209 sq. mi.) Pacific island of Guam, two fishermen last week pounced on a ragged, furtive little man whom they had spotted tending a fish trap in the Talofofo River, and turned him over to the police for questioning. To his incredulous interrogators, the man announced that he was Shoichi Yokoi, 56, a sergeant in the 38th Infantry Regiment of the old Japanese Imperial Army. He had been hiding out in the jungles of Guam since U.S. forces recaptured the island during a month-long siege in the summer of 1944. From a leaflet that he found one day,...

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