Japanese soldier who held out in Guam

Discussion in 'WWII' started by Warden, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Warden

    Warden One Too Many

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    I listened to this wireless programme on the BBC World Service last night. Really interesting. I did like his comment when he returned to Japan and saw how things had changed. According to the programme he said "what would happen if the oil stops?"

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16681636

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  2. DustyUSAF

    DustyUSAF New in Town

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    Just got back from a deployment to Guam where I heard about this for the first time. There is a little restaurant there called Jeff's Pirate's Cove. On the menu it gives all the details of this story. He hid out just a few hundred yards in the jungle where Jeff's currently sits. Very interesting.
     
  3. Treetopflyer

    Treetopflyer Practically Family

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    I was stationed there about 6 years ago and they have a replica of where he hid out. It was a small little man made cave. I loved Jeff's Pirates Cove. Wish I could go back to Guam. I have heard that the replica is no longer there.
     
  4. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

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    These stories have always fascinated me. Like Lt. Onoda who held out on a Philippine island for over 30 years. I imagine there are probably a few that are as yet undiscovered.
     
  5. LaMedicine

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  6. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    It must be tough, navigating the jungle with a walker... :)
     
  7. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

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    True. Almost a certainty that any as yet undiscovered holdouts are dead. But finding an 87 year old Japanese soldier still holding out would be the story of the century.
     
  8. Stanley Doble

    Stanley Doble Call Me a Cab

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    "what would happen if the oil stops?"

    That's why they went to war in 1941.
     
  9. LaMedicine

    LaMedicine One Too Many

    Hiroo Onoda died at the ripe old age of 91 yesterday. RIP.
     
  10. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Truth can be stranger than fiction can't it. Amazing .
     
  11. Horace Debussy Jones

    Horace Debussy Jones A-List Customer

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    Would make for an interesting movie with the right producers and director.
     
  12. esteban68

    esteban68 Call Me a Cab

    pretty sure it's been done at least as a tv film a few years ago?
     
  13. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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  14. MrBern

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  15. Guttersnipe

    Guttersnipe One Too Many

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    I was vaguely aware of so-called Japanese holdouts. But since reading more about Hiroo Onoda, I can't help but wonder, am I the only one that finds the "golly isn't that quaint" tone of the press coverage distasteful?

    Afterall, the group he commanded was responsible for the killing of about 30 Filipinos, most of them civilians and most of them after 1945...
     
  16. TomS

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    Great story...
     

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