[USS Missouri ] [Mille
Atoll Surrender] [Northern
Palaus Island Surrender] [Rota
|Search units which went ashore on several islands to the south and
west of the Palaus found that the 439 Japanese Army personnel on Tobi, the
639 on Sonsorol and the 261 on Merir had no knowledge of the cessation of
hostilities until these American parties notified them. The
Japanese units were a part of the 35th Division, with headquarters in the
Celebes, but because of their location within the limits of the Pacific
Ocean Areas, Commander Marianas ordered that their surrender be accepted
by the Island Commander Peleliu. This capitulation was received
aboard USS CARROLL DE 171 on October 6th.
On October 21th, the Japanese cruiser Sakawa evacuated 800 of these 1,339 Japanese military, while the special ship Etorofu lifted the remainder on the 29th.
Meantime, American Military Government units had removed the 20 natives on Merir to Sonsorol to join the 156 natives already there, while the 123 Carolinians on Tobi were left undisturbed. In this period, 23 tons of rations were supplied to the inhabitants of these three islands to meet critical needs.
Copyright © 1998-2011
desausa.org. All rights reserved.