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Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese Rambo

– Rambo, the war is over!
– My war is never over.

Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda is a former Japanese officer who fought in World War II, and did not surrender until 1974, having spent almost thirty years holding out in the Philippines.

He kept fighting the locals and performing sabotage actions such as burning their crop. Every attempt to tell him that the war was over failed, as he believed all news to be enemy propaganda. He surrendered only after the Japanese government located his former commanding officer, who had since become a bookseller, and sent him personally to visit Onoda in the jungle.

After his return, he was reportedly troubled by what he saw as the withering of traditional Japanese virtues and emigrated to Brazil.


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