This memorial is located at the cave where Colonel Kunio Nakagawa, leader of the Japanese troops on Peleliu Island, committed suicide during World War II. He led his men to certain death. 12,000 Japanese troops fought a battle with no hope of winning, dying instead of surrendering honorably.
A memorial to the differences in cultures, because I do not look on his leadership or suicide as honorable. Under his leadership they mutilated Americans that they captured in direct contradiction to the Geneva Convention, killed their own soldiers if they did not fight to the death and justified all actions, regardless of how inhumane they were, as acceptable as it was being done for the Emperor.
No honor in that. The memorial is an affront to peace, sensibility, and to the terrible fate of those poor, common Japanese soldiers who had the misfortune of serving for a bad leader.
It is wrong that this memorial exists and a plaque should be erected beside it that reminds us all of how wrong this leader was. It should warn of the dangers of obeying mindlessly.
It should remind us that there is no honor in blind obedience.