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WWII soldier who hid in
jungle for 29 years dies at 91

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Mike PHX, 1/17/2014 12:08:00 PM

TOKYO -- Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding in a jungle in the Philippines and surrender, 29 years after the end of World War II, has died. He was 91. Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital after a brief stay there. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Friday expressed his condolences, praising Onoda for his strong will to live and indomitable spirit. "After World War II, Mr. Onoda lived in the jungle for many years and when he returned to Japan, I felt that finally, the war was finished. That´s how I felt," Suga

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Sort of reminds me of the "climate change" folks.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rabidrabbit1, 1/17/2014 12:49:40 PM     (No. 9695815)

I am about ready to take his place in the hills.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: harper, 1/17/2014 1:57:59 PM     (No. 9695907)

Too bad he killed so many Filipinos post war.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: fayebeck, 1/17/2014 3:25:01 PM     (No. 9696001)

Like Islam Japan was once a nutjob country. Took two NUKES to educate them.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 1/17/2014 3:33:16 PM     (No. 9696011)

Let´s just call it like it is. They guy was nuts.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: L1A1SLR, 1/17/2014 3:43:24 PM     (No. 9696020)

He had his orders and he followed them to the letter. That´s how Japanese were raised and trained back then. If we had lost WW2 and learned years later of an American soldier who had held out on Bataan for thirty years, against all odds, I think we´d have regarded him as a hero too.

And Lt. Onoda wasn´t the last holdout found...there was one more found on an Indonesian island in 1974-75, but he died years ago. There were persistent rumors of others for years afterward. Lots of Japanese troops had been cut off and left behind during the Allied advance...there was a slow trickle of them emerging from the jungle across Asia and the Pacific into the 1950s.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: joew9, 1/17/2014 4:25:29 PM     (No. 9696067)

They should have put this guy on Survivor.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: grampus, 1/17/2014 6:16:08 PM     (No. 9696169)

"The Burmese Harp" is a great movie (Japanese)made in 1956 that dealt with a similar issue. Beautiful story, beautiful music, very well done.

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