Japanese Soldier Who Spent 29 Years in the Jungle, Dies


Hiroo Onada, a Japanese WW2 soldier that refused to surrender at the end of the war and spent 29 years in the Philippines Jungle, has died in Tokyo aged 91.

Remaining in the jungle until 1974, he did not believe that the war had ended and only emerged from its vast canopies when his ageing former commanding officer was flown in to speak to him. Acting under strict orders, Onada remained true to his word for three decades and was one of the last Japanese soldiers to surrender.

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