"Mr Santos was injured and made his way back to Tonga from Egypt before the war ended. His wife Uini Santos, 13 children and three adopted children migrated to New Zealand in 1958. John Santos, son of Manoel and Uini Santos, said his father was a man of few words, but was hardworking at the same time," according to Radio NZ. Photo: Joseph Vailima, Manoel Santos, Aleki Leger Photo: Supplied / John Santos (RNZ)

As Anzac Day is commemorated on Saturday, Kaniva News looks back at the American invasion of Tonga The Japanese invasion of the Pacific never reached Tonga, but the kingdom had to cope with another invasion. In May 1942, after three years of war,  7800 soldiers and 862 sailors, sailed into Nuku’alofa harbour. Before the Americans…

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