On this day in history in 1979 the Japanese soldier Hiroo Onada, 51, finally gives up the fight after hiding out in the Philippines for 29 years after the end of World War II. He did not know the war was over. According to the book Bad Days in History, Onada's a former commanding officer showed up to assure him that the war was really over. "Suddenly everything went black," Onoda recalled in his book, No Surrender, "A storm raged inside me. I felt like a fool for having been so tense and cautious on the way here (to meet the former commander)...worse than that, what had I been doing for all these years?"
|Hiroo Onoda walks out of the Philippine jungle to surrender in 1974. Photograph: AFP/Getty|
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