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Japan WWII soldier who hid in jungle until 1974 dies
Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 | Jiji Press/AFP/File

Posted on 01/17/2014 11:30:29 AM PST by Anton.Rutter


A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former commander returned and ordered him to surrender, has died in Tokyo aged 91.

Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign in Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally persuaded in 1974 that peace had broken out, ignoring leaflet drops and successive attempts to convince him the Imperial Army had been defeated. (AFP)

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TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japan; obituary; ww2; wwii

The last true believer.

1 posted on 01/17/2014 11:30:29 AM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: Anton.Rutter

They sure owed him a lot of back pay....................


2 posted on 01/17/2014 11:32:08 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Anton.Rutter

Snappy dresser


3 posted on 01/17/2014 11:32:19 AM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: albie

He was a Gilligan’s Island episode once.


4 posted on 01/17/2014 11:33:00 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Anton.Rutter

I have no problem with a man who believes in honor and duty to his country. We need more of them.


5 posted on 01/17/2014 11:34:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: TurboZamboni

He didn’t surrender until waaay after Gilligan’s Island had been cancelled.................but there were others in his same situation before Gilligan.................


6 posted on 01/17/2014 11:35:45 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Anton.Rutter

Thanks, Anton.
Having read his book, years ago, you realise just what a survivor has truly was.
Worth a read.


8 posted on 01/17/2014 11:35:49 AM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: TurboZamboni; albie
RE :”He was a Gilligan’s Island episode once.”

AHHH, you beat me to it. He made it to Gilligan’s Island.

Ginger smacked him in the face for getting fresh, those imperial Japanese had no manners.

9 posted on 01/17/2014 11:37:45 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Anton.Rutter

Did they ever make a movie ?


10 posted on 01/17/2014 11:37:51 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Anton.Rutter

tenacity


11 posted on 01/17/2014 11:39:51 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Anton.Rutter

No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote. - General James Mattis


12 posted on 01/17/2014 11:43:21 AM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: TurboZamboni
He was a Gilligan’s Island episode once.

Yeah. The actor was Mako, I believe

13 posted on 01/17/2014 11:44:23 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Anton.Rutter

We have offices in the Philippines. Once our driver pointed out the specific island where this dude hid. Not only that, the enemy hid even in jungles the close provinces to Manila when the Americans were closing in. I recommend visiting Corregidor where the US Forces and RP soldiers were left behind to defend. Everything’s unchanged except the electricity wires in the tunnels.


14 posted on 01/17/2014 11:45:55 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: TurboZamboni
My first thought too.


Shtop...You shteaming up my gwasses.

15 posted on 01/17/2014 11:46:01 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Vaquero

Vito Scotti


16 posted on 01/17/2014 11:47:56 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Anton.Rutter

Thanks for the post, I was just getting ready to post this one.


17 posted on 01/17/2014 11:49:27 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Anton.Rutter

The Japanese Imperial Army was good at murdering civilians.

This guy kept up that tradition well past 1945. And for that he’s a hero?

No sale.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 11:51:48 AM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: TurboZamboni
He was a Gilligan’s Island episode once.

AND, an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man

19 posted on 01/17/2014 11:52:41 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: mountn man

Four Gilligan’s, 3 as the Japanese sailor


20 posted on 01/17/2014 11:55:00 AM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: mountn man

Yeah your right. My paisan Vito Scotti. Most famous as Nazorine the baker from The Godfather. And many roles on Andy’s Gang. Specifically Rama a young indian man in the gunga and Rama series. And the perpetual foil for Froggy the gremlin.

And a gazillion other roles


21 posted on 01/17/2014 11:55:24 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have no problem with a man who believes in honor and duty to his country. We need more of them.

Yea, me to, watched a documentary on his life the other week, very interesting


22 posted on 01/17/2014 11:55:37 AM PST by munin (MSNBC?)
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To: Anton.Rutter

I’ve always loved his story. Truly an amazing tidbit of the war.


23 posted on 01/17/2014 12:00:06 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Anton.Rutter

Man I bet those shoes stiiiink!


24 posted on 01/17/2014 12:00:42 PM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: moose07

I read his book too. I could not put it down. Long after the war ended Onoda saw Mitsubishi and Toyota trucks. He was convinced that Japan had not lost and the war had gone into an economic phase. If his wartime commander had not returned and ordered him to surrender he would still be in the Philipines.


25 posted on 01/17/2014 12:00:57 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: Anton.Rutter

Best comment from the source:

“30 years from now, they will find him hiding out in a cemetery, refusing to stay dead”.


26 posted on 01/17/2014 12:05:41 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Anton.Rutter

“During the 30 years that Onoda had remain hidden on Lubang island, he and his men had killed at least 30 Filipinos and had wounded approximately 100 others. After formally surrendering to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Marcos pardoned Onoda for his crimes while in hiding.”


27 posted on 01/17/2014 12:06:04 PM PST by babble-on
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To: Riley

At least he can vote democrat.


28 posted on 01/17/2014 12:07:35 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Vaquero

The actor in the Gilligan’s Island episode was Vito Scotti, a veteran character actor who was all over TV in the 1960’s.
He appeared in several other Gilligan episodes as other characters.

Of course now he’d be lambasted as a racist....Italian playing an Asian stereotype and all.


29 posted on 01/17/2014 12:11:12 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Anton.Rutter

This will be Al Gore 20 years from now as we head into a cooler planet, still holding out that the snow and ice covering us is just propaganda., and the earth is, in fact, catastrophically warmer.


30 posted on 01/17/2014 12:12:25 PM PST by grayhog
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To: forgotten man

America won the war.
Then we had to buy all their cars...


31 posted on 01/17/2014 12:17:03 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: albie
Man I bet those shoes stiiiink!

First bellylaugh of the day...thanx 8D

32 posted on 01/17/2014 12:17:36 PM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Maybe Onoda was right about Japan winning the economic phase of the war.


33 posted on 01/17/2014 12:26:21 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Scotti was great! Appeared in several Columbos. In one as a wino, in another a funeral director and still another as a men’s clothier. Funny guy.


34 posted on 01/17/2014 12:27:46 PM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: Anton.Rutter

I remember the news when he came in from the jungle.

We joked that he was greeted by a nephew who said: “Hey Uncle Hiroo; you remember all that worthless Sony stock you bought back in ‘39?”


35 posted on 01/17/2014 12:27:51 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I have no problem with a man who believes in honor and duty to his country. We need more of them.”
******************
Amen!


36 posted on 01/17/2014 12:32:52 PM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Dagnabitt

So who said he was a “hero”? Some people here on FR think WW2 is still going on.


37 posted on 01/17/2014 1:42:35 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Anton.Rutter

When I was stationed on Guam for a short time in 1968, there were signs on the fences along the roads warning us not to go into the jungle.

Several years later a WWII Japanese soldier came out.


38 posted on 01/17/2014 1:59:22 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: ozzymandus

He and the men under his command killed and robbed Filipino civilians. If he believed a war was on or not he still committed war crimes and should have faced justice regardless of when he finally stopped his crime spree.


39 posted on 01/17/2014 2:04:49 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Last night on MeTV, they had an early episode where the Skipper thinks that the fellow castaways are all Japanese soldiers.

When they show the Skipper's perspective, the other cast members are made-up to "look" Japanese.

Boy, talk about stereotypes.

I'm certain that to 1964 viewers it wouldn't have raised an eyebrow, though.

40 posted on 01/17/2014 2:05:38 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

See 21


41 posted on 01/17/2014 2:40:30 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: sickoflibs

Vito Scotti was the actor who played the Japanese soldier on Gilligan’s Island


42 posted on 01/17/2014 3:22:01 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Dagnabitt

Yeah, just like Bomber Harris.


43 posted on 01/17/2014 3:41:48 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Anton.Rutter

“duty is weightier than a mountain; death is lighter than a feather...”

-Imperial Rescript on Military Duty


44 posted on 01/17/2014 4:10:49 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps
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To: moose07
Having read his book, years ago, you realise just what a survivor has truly was.

Was this the one called my 30 year war? Did he kind of hint that he wouldn't do it again? I did not read it, so I am not sure. Can you shed some light on it?

Thanks.

45 posted on 01/17/2014 5:54:55 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Vaquero
Yeah. The actor was Mako, I believe

I remember seeing Mako, but I am not sure if it was Gilligan's Island, and it may or may not have been about this particular Japanese soldier, but he was shown a rebuilt and vibrant Japan, and he asked, are you sure Japan lost the war?

46 posted on 01/17/2014 6:04:47 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Mark17

Yeah Marshall plan. Win the war lose the peace. See 21


47 posted on 01/17/2014 6:43:10 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Mark17
No surrender
ISBN9780870112409
Kodansha International / 1974

I read the book back in the 1980s ,so my recall of it isn't perfect.
The book was an amazingly in depth account of survival tactics and Jungle warfare.
Hunting for and the preservation of food and ammunition in the tropical environment was a large section of the book.
Most of the major events during his stay on the island are covered.
eg. The deaths of two of his companions and the departure of the third ,when he became convinced the war had ended.
He did appear ,from what i remember, to have remorse at the wasted years but was proud to have done his duty for Japan.
He was a little worried at how he would be received by the authorities of the Philippines on account of the number of soldiers,civilians and policemen he shot whilst evading what he believed to be capture by an enemy power.
Well worth the read.
48 posted on 01/17/2014 11:37:20 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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