Cremation of Imperial Japanese troops on Biak Is; Asahi Shimbun

Asahi Shimbun November 2013

After their remains were recently uncovered on Biak Island, Indonesia, a cremation ceremony was held for nearly 300 Imperial Japanese Army troops who died there in ferocious fighting during the Pacific War. The cremated remains will be brought back to Japan and interred at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward.

My late father-in-law Jim Evans fought with the 41st Infantry Sunset Division in the 1944 battle of Biak Island.

The battle is fictionalized in my book Enemy in the Mirror: Love and Fury in the Pacific War.