August 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm #22657
The story of the Vietnamese father and son living in the jungle brought back a few memories.
Some years back there was a different story that held peoples attention.
The story of Lt. Hiroo Onoda.
The gent passed away back in January at the age of 91.
30 years a guerrilla soldier, on Lubang island in the Philippines.
He came out of the jungle in 1974, after fighting WWII since 1944.
And unlike the Vietnamese pair, he was healthy and hadn’t reverted to what can only be called savagery.
He was one of the last original products of a Japanese mindset that was largely killed after the war. This was the strict “never surrender” doctrine adhered to by the Imperial Japanese Army, descended from traditional samurai codes of honor. Doctors said he was in surprisingly good condition after 30 years of living on an island, using survival tactics and eating bananas and coconuts. He was treated as a celebrity complete with parades and speeches by government officials. The roar of the crowds, modern industries and tall buildings were quite different from the bamboo huts and tropical heat he had gotten used to. Despite his attempts to blend in with modern Japan, he became disillusioned and moved to a Japanese community in Brazil. There, he raised cattle and met his future wife.
He returned to Japan when he heard a story of a young man who killed his parents after failing an entrance exam. This was further confirmation to Onoda of how lost Japan’s new generations were, and he decided to set up an outdoors survival program to “give children more power.” He donated $10,000 to a school when he returned to Lubang Island in 1996 to visit. He alternated between living in Japan and the country that gave him honorary citizenship — Brazil.
This national hero, with his dignified formality and military training, did not feel that he had wasted his life all those years on a island. He said he was fortunate to be able to accomplish his duty. As Japan’s last World War II soldier to surrender, Hiroo Onoda has done just that: He fulfilled his mission and never gave up.August 20, 2014 at 1:25 am #22691
The Japanese were very hardcore solders. I remember reading about him years ago.August 20, 2014 at 1:59 am #22694
Respect is given.
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1
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