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#1 sniper1946

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 03:25 PM

Lateline - 12/11/2010: Japanese holdouts fought for decades after WWII
see video story too ...:)

Japanese man Hiroo Onoda continued to fight his own gorilla war for 29 years after World War II, refusing to believe the fight was over.

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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: They were known as the holdouts, Japanese soldiers who refused to surrender after the end of World War II.

Dozens fought on from their jungle strongholds, refusing to believe that the Japanese empire had been defeated.

One of the last to surrender was Hiroo Onoda who spent 30 years waging his own guerrilla war on an island in the Philippines.

He eventually laid down his arms after his former commanding officer returned to the Philippines in 1974 and ordered him to give up.

North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Tokyo.

Edited by sniper1946, 12 November 2010 - 03:38 PM.


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 07:51 AM

He's died aged 91.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-25772192

#3 ptimms

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 05:09 PM

I'm not too bothered he didn't hold out in life any longer. This unrepentant loon continued to murder long after his murderous comrades went home.


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Lo there do I see my Father,

Lo there do I see my Mother,

My Sisters and my Brothers ,

Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning.

Lo, they do call me, they bid me take my place among them,

in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever


#4 A-58

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 06:15 AM

I wonder if they got back pay?

"On the Plains of Hesitation, lies the blackened bones of countless millions who,
at the dawn of victory sat down to rest, and resting died"....

(Adlai Stevenson to Harry Truman on discussing the pros and cons of dropping the big one, or so I'm told)


#5 KJ Jr

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 11:35 PM

I'm not too bothered he didn't hold out in life any longer. This unrepentant loon continued to murder long after his murderous comrades went home.


And he was celebrated as a hero. It's shameful. Was he loyal to a fault, yes. Was he tapped in the head, absolutely.

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." - George S. Patton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#6 George Patton

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 02:31 AM

I wonder if they got back pay?

 

The Taiwanese holdout who surrendered in 1978 did (after some 'public outrage'), so I would assume that the Lt. did as well.


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