"Our war was lost with the loss of Saipan"
- Vice Admiral Shigeyoshi Miwa, Japanese Navy
Japanese soldiers had unbelievable bravery and loyalty. Many U.S. Marines commanders compared them with marines saying that "They were outstanding - as good as marines". They believed that honorable death was better than surrendering. Because of their unwavering loyalty, many continued to fight on even after Saipan was captured, fighting a guerrilla war. Oba Sake, who was one of the many Japanese soldiers leading the guerrilla war, did not surrender until December 1945. Japan announced their surrender on August 15, 1945 and the treaty was officially signed on September 2, 1945 marking the end of WWII.