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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, Tokyo, JapanWednesday february 9, 1983 Japan Pacific stars and stripes k depicts tales of Wii Fox by Helen Webb ass staff write Tokyo a former japanese Imperial army officer who out thought and out fought . Marines on Saipan for More than three months after Japan s unconditional surrender at the end of world War ii has received meaningful recognition for his heroism thanks to Don Jones a former Marine who was there at the Tim and watched it happen. Nicknamed the Fox by his american adversaries Sakae Ohba now 67, was an army Captain during the Battle for Saipan a conflict which matched 50,000 Marine against some 30,000 japanese army and Navy troops. Ohba led between350 and 400 men into the steaming Jungles of that Island to continue what was probably the last organized resistance by the , a former Marine Corporal who turned in his Khaki uniform for the suit of a Diplomat has written novel entitled to Potchak named after Saipan s highest Peak de scribing this Jungle siege and the conditions under which it was waged. Refused to admit defeat Jones told stars and stripes in a interview at Tokyo s Sanno hotel How Ohba a now retired City coun Cilman from Gam Agori City in Japan s Aichi prefecture . Forces for More than 18 months. Evading Day and night search Sand All attempts to flush him out of his Jungle Lair Ohba and his me continued their struggle a study in guerrilla warfare which took place Long before the concept hit print in Mao s Little red Book or reached it height of popularity in third world countries. Don Jones right and his former foes capt. Sakae Ohba left and his men build a sign at a site where they fought in the Jungle of Saipan. The group visited the Island to pay homage to fallen comrades. Up the Book is about 90 percent fact says Jones and relates How Ohba and his troops evaded .patrols, turned Back attack after attack and lived like owls resting during the Day and moving at night through the dense hostile under 58-year-old Jones an engaging and skillful linguist asserts that Young people today know nothing of the spirit by which their elders ought to defend their country. These men were among the greatest fighters in the world and i want the Young japanese to know that their fathers and grandfathers were in charge of intelligence at the time the former Leatherneck recalls in particular a time when Ohba and his band were restricted to an area about three Miles wide and five Miles Long a sector of the Mountain they had been hiding in which was carpeted by extremely thick Jungle growth around the entire area. Ohba Well versed in his enemy successful tactics and blunders both had his men spread themselves out along a ledge on the Side of the Mountain completely helpless says Jones while 5,000 marines lined up fingertip to fingertip an swept the area below searching for potential prisoners. Ohba had noted that marines when searching an area for enemy soldiers turned Over rocks looked behind Trees and stuck bayonets into tall grass but they did t look novel vividly describes the irritation and frustration of the .officers Over the persistent resist Ance of Ohba and his men. Even when Ohba knew the Warwas Over he had picked up Leaf lets from . Planes stating the Warwas ended but says i could t believe Japan would agree to a unconditional surrender. I thought it was a trick he sent certain conditions to the american forces saying he would not surrender unless his demands were met. The americans Jones says me those conditions one of which was a letter from Ohba s commanding officer maj. Gen. Malachi Amo ordering Ohba to surrender. Ohba and his men finally gave up but came marching Down in forma Tion High spirited and defiant bearing the japanese Flag. . Officers lined up to Shak Ohba s hand when he finally came Down the Mountain Jones said an later invited him As guest of Honor at the officers club. Jones novel published and re leased in japanese last december sold 40,000 copies by the end of that month and is scheduled to be released in English after earning place on Japan s Best seller lists. Correction in sunday s editions of Pacific stars and stripes it. Gen. Alexan Der Weyand the commander of .army Japan in corps was referred to As a two Star. Ass regrets the demotion. Briefs Fuji Marine Dies Tokyo ass a Camp Fuji Marine has been killed in an Early morning Accident when his car collided with the Back of a truck on the Tomei expressway according to Marine corps officials. Sgt. Jerry Powell 27, of Range company Camp Fuji is survived by his parents Jerry d. And Adeh Powell of Flint Mich. Auto safety inspection Yokota Abusafa privately owned vehicle safety inspections will be conducted until april 30 at the Japan area Exchange garage according to base officials but car owners May find their vehicles and themselves subject to closer scrutiny than in the past. The base safety office has encourage stricter control and inspection of safety defects on autos undergoing inspection at to a base official copies of inspection reports Are now going to command ers and first sergeants to help ensure that discrepancies Are corrected within an accept Able period of Are advised to Complete their inspections and necessary repairs As Well i Advance of the close out Date As possible. Soccer referee training Camp Zama Usa soccer referee training at Camp Zama will begin in february for men and women who wish to be youth soccer referees for the Spring season. For More information Call 233-3151. Students to iwo Jima Tokyo up several Hundred students of Japan s defense Academy will visit iwo Jima in Early March for five Days of special training focusing on the Island s role in defending the nation s sealants Agency official said. Iwo Jima an Island South of Kyushu an North of Okinawa was the scene of a major japanese defeat in world War ii and i considered a key to the defense of the nation. All of the Academy s 460 third year students will take part in the training which will include a detailed review of the Battles which too place there near the close of world War ii. The students will also visit the Graves of japanese soldiers who died in action on iwo Jima during the War. Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to tins Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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