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Hiroo Onoda
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Military Personnel
    (March 19, 1922-January 16, 2014)
    Occpuation: Intelligence Officer 2nd Lt. Japanese Imperial Army
    Hiroo Onoda is the last Japanese Soldier to surrender from official duty during WW II (1974)
    He was assigned to an outpost on Lubang Island in the Philippines on December 30, 1944, when the Japanese occupied the country.
    He refused to leave his outpost after being found alive in 1974. He also refused to believe that the war was over, even after being told several times.
    His commanding officer had to be found and taken to the Philippines so he could give Onoda an official surrender.
    He was found with his .25 caliber rifle, 500 rounds of ammunition and several hand grenades.
    The government of the Philippines threatened to arrest him if he did not leave his outpost in 1974.
    When he finally accepted that the war was over, he wept openly.
    It was hard for him to adjust to normal life in Japan, so he retired to a farm in Brazil.
    He revisited Lubang Island in 1996, to pay his last respects.

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