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Hiroo Onoda: Japanese soldier who took three decades to surrender, dies
The Guardian ^ | 17 January 2014 | Justin McCurry

Posted on 01/17/2014 6:30:22 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo

The last Japanese soldier to come out of hiding and surrender, almost 30 years after the end of the second world war, has died.

Hiroo Onoda, an army intelligence officer, caused a sensation when he was persuaded to come out of hiding in the Philippine jungle in 1974.

The native of Wakayama prefecture in western Japan died of heart failure at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday, his family said. He was 91.

Onoda’s three decades spent in the jungle – initially with three comrades and finally alone – came to be seen as an example of the extraordinary lengths to which some Japanese soldiers would go to demonstrate their loyalty to the then emperor, in whose name they fought.

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Thirty people died because this guy didn't get the word.
1 posted on 01/17/2014 6:30:22 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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2 posted on 01/17/2014 6:34:30 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Now that’s a bitter clinger.


3 posted on 01/17/2014 6:37:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

HERO.


4 posted on 01/17/2014 6:55:09 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I remember the photo of Lt. Onoda surrendering his sword to his original commanding officer after the latter had persuaded him that the order to do so came directly from the (still original) Emperor.

Onoda emigrated to Brazil & there was another photo of the still youthful diehard doing the samba with local Rio girls. He later set up a Japanese colony in the Brazilian outback, IIRC. An interesting life.


5 posted on 01/17/2014 7:03:55 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I was in the Navy and stationed on Guam when this guy finally surrendered. A few years before him, a similar occurrence happened on Guam.


6 posted on 01/17/2014 7:10:17 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

RIP.


7 posted on 01/17/2014 7:31:29 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

the admiration escapes me.

He was an intelligence office during a time of extreme brutality against the Filipino people.

Was he a hero for eluding capture for decades, like Josef Mengela?


8 posted on 01/17/2014 7:37:12 PM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: School of Rational Thought

Well said!

Was this man tenacious? Yes. Admirable? No.


9 posted on 01/17/2014 8:21:20 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: elcid1970

A good soldier for sure. Did his duty to the letter.


10 posted on 01/17/2014 8:39:52 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

My uncle spent a better part of a year lost on a Japanese held island. People who knew him before and after say that in a lot of ways he he never came back.


11 posted on 01/17/2014 9:00:37 PM PST by DManA
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Well, he wasn’t “kempeitai” (military thought police), or equivalent to either SS, or a Party political officer embedded in a Soviet military unit or USSR submarine such as from the Frunze Academy, but just an average young Japanese man sent off to war, with a sense of patriotism and giving his all for his country, flag and Emperor. If he committed no atrocities on civilians (or US military for that matter), and stayed loyal to his own side as a military man to that extent, I say, even if on the enemy side at the time, yes, it was HEROIC and ADMIRABLE and we would want our US men in the field to equally avoid capture to this extent. This is called basic “escape and evasion tactics” and anyone trained in the military knows it. This man carried it to incredible lengths. He was indeed samurai (or at least true to the Code of Bushido).


12 posted on 01/17/2014 9:20:34 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; Revolting cat!

War is over, if you want it.


13 posted on 01/17/2014 9:29:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: elcid1970

he said that when he surrendered and handed his sword to Marcos, he expected to be executed right away.


14 posted on 01/17/2014 9:55:01 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Finally.


15 posted on 01/17/2014 10:41:22 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: DesertRhino

....I thought Onoda surrendered to his Japanese chain of command. Must have been brave of him to do so if he thought he was now a prisoner of the Filipinos, against whom countless atrocities were committed during WWII.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 4:35:04 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I have his book. Interesting read.

17 posted on 01/18/2014 10:57:32 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Something tells me the Grim Reaper had his hands full on this one.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 11:04:21 PM PST by The Toll
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An interesting story not worthy of celebration nor admiration.


19 posted on 01/18/2014 11:05:27 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

There was a Three’s Company where the kids are hired to clear out an overgrown lot. Jack says, “Man, that brush is thick! I kept thinking I’d find a Japanese still fighting the war!”


20 posted on 01/18/2014 11:18:19 PM PST by Rastus
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To: AmericanInTokyo

He has died spotless in honor.
He should be buried at the Yasukuni Shrine.


21 posted on 01/18/2014 11:34:58 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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