The Man Who Fought WWII For 30 Years

Samuel Reason | February 17th, 2018

The mission was to stay out of sight and collect information about the Allied troop movements. The Location was the island of Lubang in the Philippines. Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda from the Japanese Imperial Army was tasked with a Rambo-like top secret mission: him and his four man team against the world. At least that is what he understood.

en.protothema.gr

The orders? Disrupt enemy forces, gather intelligence, never give up and under no circumstances were they to surrender. Hiroo took those orders in 1944 and followed them to the letter, making him one of the most dangerous soldiers to come out of World War II.

Even after the American forces overran the island completed, Hiroo’s team retreated into the jungle to continue their guerrilla warfare. Eating coconuts four times a day and blasting enemy supply chains – that is what Hiroo ended up doing for the next 30 years. But hang on didn’t war end in 1945? It did indeed but not for Hiroo. Him and his team believed the reports of the end of the war were just propaganda by the Allied forces! So what did he do for the next 30 years?

Rigged transport ships to explode and shoot at anyone who moved. Entering hundreds of gunfights with U.S. troops garrisoned on the island and also with the Filipino police force. They survived off coconuts and bananas found in the jungle and when they ran out of beer? Then it was time for dastardly night raids into the town to steal supplies.

No matter how many Japanese pamphlets or newspaper clippings the Filipino authorities dropped, Hiroo could not conceive that it was possible that his homeland had surrendered. So his crack team of jungle fighters continued to shoot their rifles at the “enemy” and gather intel. This continued until 1972 when Hiroo’s final squad member was killed: he was now a one man army. Would he finally give up? Never.

He continued to evade capture and fight crazy gun battles, killing more policeman than Al Capone – it is safe to assume the locals hated him. And the Japanese Army where were they? No they wanted no part in this crazy lieutenant who was still on his mad renegade mission; they had already declared he was dead.

Only in 1974 was there finally a breakthrough. A Japanese college student called Norio on a trek found Hiroo’s deep jungle hideout. Norio explained the war was over, but Hiroo was adamant that he could not surrender until receiving orders from his superior officer.

Norio tracked down his retired superior officer in Japan. Finally after more than 30 years of causing havoc to the island of Lumang, Hiroo came out of the jungle and surrendered his sword to the Filipino president. Amazing to think for three whole decades he refused to lose and fought on without any resupplies. Even the most hard-core survivalist may be hard pressed to live in the jungle for that long.

Next Article
  • The Isolator Possibly The Strangest Helmet Ever Created

    In 1925 a rather bizarre invention appeared called the isolator, apparently a helmet that would improve focus and concentration. The wearer would become completely deaf as it engulfed their head completely and even had its own oxygen supply. When wearing the isolator concentration helmet, your vision would also be very...

    Read More
  • Giant Artificial Glaciers Growing In The Desert

    One smart engineer from a small remote village in Indian has put his engineering skills to the test and decided to counter-effect the problems being caused by global warming. A global and immense problem for one engineer to tackle, but Sonam Wangchuk is up for the fight. His solution is very simple, create artificial glaciers...

    Read More
  • The Flower That Will Kill You With A Smile

    When one hears the phrase satanic grin, you may think of the DC Comics The Joker’s laugh as he executes a deadly plan. That sardonic grin is well known across the whole world, a grin that comes hand in hand with death. The corners of your mouth go up really far on each side and...

    Read More
  • The Deadly Dynamite Tree

    There is actually a tree that exists covered in poisonous spikes which is capable of dropping exploding dynamite fruit on your head. And to make matters worse the explosions launches spikes & seeds to launch out into the air at over 150 miles per hour, sending them a good 100 feet. ...

    Read More
  • Two Chinese Woman Jump Off A Bridge To Decide True Love

    A young man was put to the test and found himself facing a very difficult situation, his current girlfriend and ex-girlfriend jumped off a bridge to find out who he would save. To say he was confused that two grown women had thrown themselves into a river would be an understatement, but that is what...

    Read More
  • The Raptor Of The Skies That Views Humans As Prey

    For most people living in the western world or any relatively urban area, being eaten by an animal sounds like a story you would only read about in Africa. It sounds like a story that would only happen in a horror tale or during a fantasy story. But not so long ago, being eaten by...

    Read More
  • The Australian Bushranger Who Was A Master Prison Escapist

    One Australian bushranger by the name of Joseph Johns had a very interesting talent: no cell or prison could hold him. In fact, he escaped from prison on so many occasions the authorities became frustrated and built him a special cell that was tailored to keep him inside. The governor even came and checked the...

    Read More
  • Romania Home To The Living And Growing Rocks

    These mysterious rocks that appear to be living entities in Romania continue to grow & grow, defying all the odds and confusing biologists around the world. They really do appear to be something that is impossible: stones that move and grow. Locals refer to them as Trovants and they have confused experts all around the...

    Read More