Shoichi Yokoi

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I am deeply ashamed at my failure to serve His Majesty.

Shōichi Yokoi (31 March 1915 – 22 September 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 on 24 January 1972, almost 28 years after U.S. forces had regained control of the island in 1944.

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  • I am deeply ashamed at my failure to serve His Majesty.
    • Announcement to journalists at Tokyo airport, 2 February 1972, Dictionary of Quotations, Chambers: Edinburgh, U.K, 2005, p. 935

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