Will You Surrender?

Lieutenant Hirro Onada was the last Japanese soldier to surrender after World War II. He was left on the island Lugang in the Philippines in 1944----along with three other soldiers. They were left with the command to “carry on the mission even if Japan surrenders.” Eventually the others were killed or surrendered. But Onada continued his war alone. Through the years, he ignored messages from loudspeakers announcing Japan’s surrender. Leaflets were dropped in the jungle begging him to surrender so he could return to Japan. During his 29 year private war he killed at least 30 Philippine nationals. More that a half million dollars were spent trying to locate him and convince him to surrender.

 

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