When he was 17 years old, he went to work for the Tajima Yoko trading company in Wuhan , China. On 26 December , he was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines. When he landed on the island, Onoda joined forces with a group of Japanese soldiers who had been sent there previously. The officers in the group outranked Onoda and prevented him from carrying out his assignment, which made it easier for United States and Philippine Commonwealth forces to take the island when they landed on 28 February Within a short time of the landing, all but Onoda and three other soldiers had either died or surrendered.
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Apr 12, James Clark rated it it was amazing I just finished reading this book about Lt. In fact, I was in the U. Navy at the time of his final surrender in and was stationed in Misawa, Japan myself. I directly remember when this happened and I was amazed that there were still holdout soldiers from WWII hiding in the jungles. It made me wonder, at the time, how many other straggler Japanese soldiers there I just finished reading this book about Lt. It made me wonder, at the time, how many other straggler Japanese soldiers there might be from Borneo to Malaysia and all the other islands in the Pacific that might still be holding out like this soldier did First of all, I have to say, that I deeply admire this man and his absolute conviction to carry out his orders - no matter what army or ideology such a soldier or military man serves or adheres to, I believe we must respect and honor his loyalty, bravery, absolute commitment to his duty and his country.
He went beyond and above the call of duty. As a fellow military man myself, and as an American, I salute Lt. I do not know if he ever received any official honors for his enduring duty, if he was ever recompensed by Japan for 30 years in the jungles or if the Japanese Government ever took the time to promote him albeit, after the fact , which I believe they should have done when he returned to Japan in I lost track of this incident in the following years but never forgot about it.
And now, in I finally get to read his personal story on the matter. Onoda finally passed away this year in January, at the age of 91 years old! I came to read his book not only because I had personally experienced this surrender in while stationed in Japan, but because I have relatives myself who are Japanese by marriage through my siblings and it has always seemed that I have had Japanese somewhere in my life associations my best friend as a child was Japanese-American.
I believe that I have, through life experiences, come to at least know something of the Japanese Culture and the mentality, habits, drives and thinking of the Japanese People. I realize that in EVERY war, the goal of governments is to dehumanize the enemy - even more so, if the enemy is the one who started the conflict.
Yet, we must ALL remember And while their culture might demand of them Bushido thinking, under all the layers of culture, lies a human being who has all the needs that we do - the need for safety, food, shelter, respect, dignity, equity and most of all, love. When we go to war we know we have to kill an enemy in compliance with our orders and our duty to our own country, regardless - and if we think we are killing an enemy and not a human being, it makes it easier to carry out that duty.
But he was also a product of his culture and his times. What clearly comes through all the pages of his book is that he was thoroughly and completely dedicated to his duty right on up to the day he surrendered in In this regard, we can completely understand the terrible difficulties we faced in WWII against hundreds of thousands of like-minded Japanese soldiers This book not only reveals the determination of the common Japanese soldier, but reflects the mind of the Japanese People, then AND today as well.
This book reads like a Robinson Caruso rendition, the day-to-day struggle to survive in the jungles, alone, without any contact from friendly outsiders that one could trust. Yes, several search parties and many other attempts were made to convince the three main hold-outs to come out and surrender - but in reading the book, we can understand why they refused.
Onoda admits many times in the book, it was easy, to twist evidence to their own narrow and tiny boxed-in thinking, mainly because they refused to hear facts or recognize the truths presented to them multiple times in multiple ways to convince them to surrender. I suggest that anyone who considers themselves to be a war historian or anyone who has any interest in WWII in the Pacific, to read this book carefully and slowly and to follow it in reference to battles, tactics and underlying thinking of "What were the Japanese thinking.
I also recommend this book to anyone who thinks we should not have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan - because, if the millions of Japanese soldiers readying themselves for the invasion of Japan in were anything at all, like Lt. The fight to take Okinawa, the days it took to take Okinawa and the ferocious defense the Japanese Army took to stand against overwhelming allied forces to take Okinawa, is all too real evidence that we had to drop the bomb Now, in , it is too late to go back and ask those remaining few who might still be alive, to write similar work as this.
We do not often hear what our old foe had to say because every distant drum beat has come from America and our victory - drowning out the voices of the past that there was another side to that war - one I think we never wanted to hear. This book lets us hear a tiny portion. PS - I abhor the war crimes and atrocities committed by the Japanese military all over Asia. I condemn those crimes as I would any crime like them, then or since. Yet, Lt. Onoda according to his account was not involved in those crimes and did not make decisions that lead to their commitment.
I see Onoda as one lone soldier, carrying out his official duty as any good soldier in any army would have done.
Mudal Overall, I thought hieoo book was one of the best books I ever picked up. He tells the story of the young man he was before the war, of the young soldier that swore an oath to Japan,to his people and to himself, and then as a second lieutenant that later went to battle with every intention to uphold the pledge that he had made. He surfender exactly what his no surrender hiroo onoda told him to do. Suzuki asked me why I would not come out One of them put it this no surrender hiroo onoda Jul 26, Nicholas rated it it was amazing. No eBook available Amazon. Mar 21, Benjamin rated it it was amazing.
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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I think a hhiroo percentage of his survival had to do with the abundance of food and water in Lubang forests and the other essentials he and hjroo comrades had procured or pilfered to be frank from the lowland residents. Show details Buy the selected items together This item: In this regard, we can completely understand the terrible difficulties we faced in WWII against hundreds of thousands of like-minded Japanese soldiers Hiroo onoda no surrender how they managed to keep at it against incredible odds is very inspiring—possible only because these were some seriously tough dudes with an astonishing degree of self-discipline and excellent jungle survival skills. Onoda was one of the last Japanese soldiers to surrender in world war II which he did in December 4, Sold by: With integrity—and I include in this sincerity, loyalty, devotion to duty and a sense of morality—one can withstand all hardships and ultimately turn hardship itself into victory. When we go to war we know we have to kill an enemy in compliance with our orders and our duty to our own country, regardless — and if we think we are killing an enemy and not a human being, it makes it easier to carry out that duty.
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Apr 12, James Clark rated it it was amazing I just finished reading this book about Lt. In fact, I was in the U. Navy at the time of his final surrender in and was stationed in Misawa, Japan myself. I directly remember when this happened and I was amazed that there were still holdout soldiers from WWII hiding in the jungles.