Shoichi Yokoi

1915 - 1997

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Shōichi Yokoi (横井 庄一, Yokoi Shōichi, 31 March 1915 – 22 September 1997) was a sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War, and was one of the last three Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945. He was discovered in the jungles of Guam on 24 January 1972, almost 28 years after U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shoichi Yokoi has received more than 1,013,893 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Shoichi Yokoi is the 326th most popular military personnel (up from 350th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from Japan and the 19th most popular Military Personnel.

Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle for 28 years after World War II. He was found in 1974 and was the last Japanese soldier to surrender.

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Among military personnels, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 326 out of 1,468Before him are Roger de Flor, Walther Wenck, Ivan Paskevich, Iwane Matsui, Sanada Yukimura, and Hugo Sperrle. After him are Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, Friedrich Dollmann, Titus Labienus, Yamagata Aritomo, Giovanni Messe, and Polyperchon.

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Among people born in 1915, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 31Before him are Les Paul, Curd Jürgens, Charles H. Townes, Robert Hofstadter, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. After him are Robert A. Dahl, Thomas Huckle Weller, Clifford Shull, Brother Roger, Aziz Nesin, and Bob Kane. Among people deceased in 1997, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 37Before him are Willem de Kooning, Edward Mills Purcell, Clyde Tombaugh, Otto Ernst Remer, Helenio Herrera, and Zoltán Czibor. After him are Dodi Fayed, John Eccles, Alfred Hershey, Nikolai Tikhonov, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, and John Kendrew.

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Among people born in Japan, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 128 out of 6,048Before him are Emperor Kōrei (-341), Ken Watanabe (1959), Isamu Akasaki (1929), Jiro Horikoshi (1903), Iwane Matsui (1878), and Sanada Yukimura (1567). After him are Momofuku Ando (1910), Yamagata Aritomo (1838), Issei Sagawa (1949), Sakichi Toyoda (1867), Emperor Suinin (-69), and Junko Tabei (1939).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 19Before him are Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Ishida Mitsunari (1559), Tomoyuki Yamashita (1885), Toyotomi Hideyori (1593), Iwane Matsui (1878), and Sanada Yukimura (1567). After him are Yamagata Aritomo (1838), Mitsuo Fuchida (1902), Honda Tadakatsu (1548), Mitsuru Ushijima (1887), Kawakami Gensai (1834), and Saburō Sakai (1916).