Hiroo Onoda

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Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda(小野田 寛郎 Onoda Hirō; born March 19, 1922) is a former Japanese army intelligence officer who was stationed on Lubang Island in the Philippines. He was there when it was reclaimed by the Allies in February 1945, towards the conclusion of World War II. Most of the Japanese troops were slain or captured by American forces. Onoda and several other men, however, hid in the dense jungle. Onoda continued his campaign, initially living in the mountains with three fellow soldiers. One of his comrades eventually surrendered to Filipino forces, and the other two were killed in gun battles with local forces – one in 1954, the other in 1972 – leaving Onoda alone in the mountains. For 29 years, he refused to surrender, dismissing every attempt to convince him that the war was over as a ruse. In 1960, Onoda was declared legally dead in Japan. (from Wikipedia)

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3 thoughts on “Hiroo Onoda”

  1. I’ve read about Onoda, the “Japanese Straggler on Lubang island,” but didn’t he eventually surrender? Or did he die in the jungle? I forgot what eventually happened to him.

  2. u, taga lubang kami! si tata, i mean…hehehe…wala lang. i don’t really like that place. already went there twice pareho ako de masaya…next time siguro pag maganda na ang tingin ko sa world, ok na..off topic

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