Takejiro Higa
Military Intelligence Service

Cave Flushing

Takejiro Higa

Thousands of Okinawan civilians and Japanese soldiers hide in caves on the island. Many, believing torture and death follow capture, resort to suicide.

Nisei MIS of the 314th undertake the dangerous task of cave-flushing, trying to coax out Japanese soldiers and Okinawan civilians.

Using Okinawan hogen (dialect), Takejiro tries to convince Okinawans that they are now safe. MIS soldiers save thousands of lives.