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LT. Hiroo Onoda, Last Japanese Soldier to Surrender, has Died

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by kerrd5, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. kerrd5

    kerrd5 Ace

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    "Hiroo Onoda, an Imperial Japanese Army officer who remained at his jungle post on an island in the Philippines for 29 years, refusing to believe that World War II was over, and returned to a hero’s welcome in the all but unrecognizable Japan of 1974, died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital, the Japanese government said. He was 91.

    "Caught in a time warp, Mr. Onoda, a second lieutenant, was one of the war’s last holdouts: a soldier who believed the emperor was a deity and the war a sacred mission; who survived on bananas and coconuts and sometimes killed villagers he assumed were enemies; who finally went home to the lotus land of paper and wood that turned out to be a futuristic world of skyscrapers, television, jet planes, pollution and atomic destruction."

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/world/asia/hiroo-onoda-imperial-japanese-army-officer-dies-at-91.html?hp


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25772192

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  2. kerrd5

    kerrd5 Ace

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    From the BBC:

    "Mr Onoda was one of the last Japanese soldiers to surrender at the end of World War II.

    "Private Teruo Nakamura, a soldier from Taiwan who served in the Japanese army, was found growing crops alone on the Indonesian island of Morotai in December 1974.

    "Mr Nakamura was repatriated to Taiwan where he died in 1979."

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  3. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    May he rest in peace :poppy:
     
  4. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    Remember seeing this at the time. RIP Sir.
     
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    gotta admit it takes a lot to keep going on for 29 yrs all alone, R.I.P. Lt.Onoda
     
  6. KodiakBeer

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    Are we sure he's really dead and this isn't some sort of trick?
     
  7. urqh

    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    RIP to the villagers he killed after ww2 also.
     
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  8. ptimms

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    Well said Urgh,

    Would anyone have been praising a German soldier surrendering in the 70's after killing civilians. He was a murderer pure and simple, he knew the war was over but carried on killing. They should have strung him up for murder.
     
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  9. kerrd5

    kerrd5 Ace

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    Offering condolences for Lt. Onoda, as with Rochus Misch, simply defies my comprehension. But I had an uncle killed by the Japanese and another killed by the Germans.


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  10. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    I agree. Offering condolences to a murderer makes no sense. His service during WW2 was OK, but what he did afterwards is unconscionable. When the villagers are remembered, they deserve our condolences.
     
  11. ladymage

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    His actions during the period of 1945-1974 are inexcusable. But he appears to have improved his life later on and started a charity that was a summer camp for young people who wanted to learn about life in the wilderness.
     

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