Hiroo Onodo, the last Japanese soldier who refused to surrender in WW II died
Japanese Soldier, Hiroo Onodo who refused to surrender after World War II and spent three decades in the jungle of Lubang Island died at the age of 91.
Hiroo Onodo, the Japanese Soldier who refused to surrender after World War II and spent 29 years in the jungle died on 17 January 2014 in Tokyo. He was 91.
He remained in the jungle of Lubang Island near Luzon in Philippines till 1974 when a peae was brokered between the warring parties. On his return to Japan he was greeted as a hero.
He was trained as an information officer along with the guerrilla tactics and was dispatched to Lubang in 1944. He was not ordered with a command to not to surrender till reinforcements arrived to help him. There were four soldiers, who continued to stay in the Jungle as per the orders even after the 1945 defeat of Japan.