Hiroo Onoda, WWII Soldier Who Followed His Last Command for 29 Years…. his last command was "stand and fight" and the major promised to come back for him. He didn't believe the war was over until 29 years later, when the major returned.
The former imperial army intelligence officer remained on the Philippine island of Lubang for nearly 29 years without knowledge of Japan's surrender in the second world war. He has died at a Tokyo hospital aged 91
09 Mar 74: After nearly thirty years of hiding in the mountains in the Philippines, 2nd Lt Hiroo Onoda, the second to the last Japanese holdout, finally surrenders after he is personally issued orders relieving him of duty by his former commander. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0309&s=740309 #WWII