11. 'No Way To Survive But To Hide US Underground' (1950 - 1959) [chapter]

2009 Private Yokoi's War and Life on Guam, 1944–1972  
W e spent about seven years after the US invasion endlessly wandering in the jungle, with great difficulty, to search for a secure place to live. Whenever we thought we had found such a place and built a hut with much hardship, we were soon attacked and chased by the enemy and had to look for another place to live. In the meantime, we kept our rifles and hand grenades permanently with us. We were determined to kill the enemy and ourselves in case of emergency. Even if we were wounded, we would
more » ... ot seek to survive by becoming a prisoner of war. Such was not an honourable thing to do. We were determined to commit suicide or die fighting in that eventuality. We were on the run and kept wandering from one place to another. We eventually tired of such a nomadic life. 'There is no way but to hide ourselves underground to survive.' Even so, natural caves were expected to have been well known to the natives. Actually, Nakahata had been attacked when he was living in a cave on a cliff with Kamijo ¯ and Fujita. Therefore, we had no choice but to dig a hole underground to accommodate ourselves. We looked for a place which satisfied the following three conditions for security and subsistence: first, neither too easy nor too difficult access to food; second, reasonable access to safe water and firewood; and third, no or rare human passage nearby. By the third condition, I mean a point where there was no footpath or which was away from a path, in other words, such a 114
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