Napalm dropped by a US fighter aircraft erupts on Peleliu's Umurbrogol Mountain, where Japanese soldiers were entrenched. Photo: US Marine Corps History Division

Last Japanese soldier to survive World War II Battle of Peleliu’s final words of warning

  • Keiji Nagai, who died last month, endured one of the bitterest battles between US Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army of the entire war
  • In life, he mostly avoided talking about his experiences – but when he did, his interviewer found something that changed him: an appeal for peace
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Napalm dropped by a US fighter aircraft erupts on Peleliu's Umurbrogol Mountain, where Japanese soldiers were entrenched. Photo: US Marine Corps History Division
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.