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    Hidden in jungle from 1945 to 1974, former Japanese officer Hiroo Onodar dies at 91

    Great story here - Telegraph obit:

    Hiroo Onoda was a Japanese Army officer who hid in the jungle for three decades, refusing to accept that the war was over
    Hiroo Onoda, who has died aged 91, was a wartime Japanese officer who surrendered only in 1974, having hunkered down in the jungles of the Philippines for nearly three decades in defiant honour of the Imperial Army.

    His exile in northern Lubang Island, 93 miles south-west of Manila, was a rebellious response to the American invasion in February 1945. Onoda, who was a young Intelligence lieutenant at the time, had taken literally his final order to stay and fight. Most of the island’s Japanese troops either withdrew or surrendered, yet, along with other splinter groups, Onoda went into hiding in the mountains.

    For the next 29 years he survived on a diet of rice, coconuts and meat (from cattle slaughtered during farm raids), and he tormented the Filipino forces on his trail. Onoda maintained his rifle, ammunition and sword in impeccable order and when finally discovered — still wearing his, now tattered, army uniform — stated that his mind had been on “nothing but accomplishing my duty”. As one of the last of the “Znryu nipponhei” (or “Japanese Holdouts”), he was greeted as a hero on his return to Japan — a country which he was shocked to find had changed beyond recognition.
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    much more at the link with pictures, video
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    Very interesting and strange. I'm no expert, but it seems as if he had some sort of mental illness going on. Hiding in the jungle for 30 years? Decapitating farmers and killing and eating their cattle?
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    Hidden in jungle from 1945 to 1974, former Japanese officer Hiroo Onodar dies...

    Quote Originally Posted by Snoods View Post
    Very interesting and strange. I'm no expert, but it seems as if he had some sort of mental illness going on. Hiding in the jungle for 30 years? Decapitating farmers and killing and eating their cattle?

    I disagree about the mental illness. That's some serious dedication! It's admirable and awe inspiring. It's the same sort of laser focus and dedication seen throughout history. Like getting on a boat to sail across the ocean...to settle the west...or the people committed to colonize mars. All IMO




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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    I disagree about the mental illness. That's some serious dedication! It's admirable and awe inspiring. It's the same sort of laser focus and dedication seen throughout history. Like getting on a boat to sail across the ocean...to settle the west...or the people committed to colonize mars. All IMO




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    All I know is I wouldn't want to be innocently tending to my farm 30 years after a war and have my head chopped off....I'd be seriously pissed! I don't think sailing across the ocean is comparable to this guy! JMO
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