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Command Bunker Lieutenant General Hideyoshi Obata

This panel stands near the command bunker of Lt. Gen. Hideoyoshi Obata. The panel reads:

"On this spot. Commander Lieutenant General Hideyoshi Obata of the 31st Division, facing overwhelming odds while withstanding American naval bombardment, ordered his troops to mount a final counter-attack. Recognizing the inevitable outcome, Commander Obate made a farewell transmission to his Majesty the Emperor and Headquarters in Japan declaring with his last words: "I shall be the bulwark of the Pacific Ocean", before taking his own life as befitting an honourable officer.

It was daybreak August 11, 1944.

WE PRAY FOREVER IN PEACE AND ERECT HERE THIS MEMORIAL"

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