It is pretty amazing how long this guy was able to hold out:
A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former commander returned and ordered him to surrender, has died in Tokyo aged 91.
Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign in Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally persuaded in 1974 that peace had broken out, ignoring leaflet drops and successive attempts to convince him the Imperial Army had been defeated.
He died in a Tokyo hospital on Thursday of heart failure.
Onoda was the last of several dozen so-called holdouts scattered around Asia, men who symbolised the astonishingly dogged perseverance of those called upon to fight for their emperor.
Their number included a soldier arrested in the jungles of Guam in 1972. [AFP]
You can read much more at the link, but I have mixed feelings about the guy because he definitely showed some warrior ethos, but he was also responsible for killing up to 30 Filipino civilians over the years fighting his private little war. Former Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos agreed to pardon the guy before he surrendered to his commanding officer. Shouldn’t killing civilians be considered a war crime? It makes me wonder if he was more motivated with not being arrested by Filipino authorities for his murders than he was for fighting on for the Emperor?