Last Japanese Soldier To Surrender In WWII Dies
Hiroo Onoda, a former Imperial Japanese soldier who refused to surrender for decades after World War II ended, has died at age 91.By John O'Connor | January 17, 2014
A former Imperial Japanese soldier, who refused to surrender and hid in a jungle for decades after World War II officially ended, has died.
In 1944, Hiroo Onoda was sent to the small island of Lubang in the Philippines to spy on U.S. forces in the region. He was given specific instructions by his commander — don't surrender and don't take your own life. (Via BBC)
Japanese imperial forces in the Philippines were eventually defeated later that year, but Onoda stayed true to his orders, refusing to surrender and eluding capture.