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Japan Has Surrendered; Come Out! (June - December 1945)

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This chapter talks about the author's experiences between June and December 1945. They met Private Superior Keizo Kamijo, Private First Class Hideo Fujita and a civilian employee of the navy called Satoru Nakahata in the forest were they were under cover. The chapter relates how the author's companions were killed by US troops searching through the jungle. They had no idea where or which jungle they were in. At one point, the patrol team had reached the bottom of the cliff of the hill they had taken refuge in. They were determined in mind to survive at any cost until the return of the Imperial Army. The party of seven soldiers trudged on to approach Pasture Hill, but it proved to be impassable. They turned towards Agat, but access was denied. The group survived on potatoes and cate meat and learnt how to eat a cycad nut containing potassium cyanide.

Keywords: Minagawa; River Talofofo; Shizuoka prefecture; US patrols



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