posted on Jul, 15 2004 @ 01:14 PM
For almost one more year, Onoda continued to live on his own. He was prepared to die on the island. Then, February 20, 1974, he encountered a young
Japanese university dropout named Suzuki living alone in a tent. Suzuki had left Japan to travel the world and told his friends that he was “going to
look for Lieutenant Onoda, a panda, and the Abominable Snowman, in that order. (He found Onoda, he could go to any big zoo to see the panda, but one
can’t help but wonder if he ever found the Abominable Snowman.) Onoda approached cautiously and the two soon struck up a conversation that lasted
many hours. The two became friends, but Onoda said that he was waiting for orders from one of his commanders.
Suzuki left and promised that he would return. And he did.
On March 9, 1974, Onoda went to an agreed upon place and found a note that had been left by Suzuki. Along with the note, Suzuki had enclosed two
photos that they had taken together the first time that they met along with copies of two army orders. The next day, Onoda decided to take a chance
and made a two-day journey to meet up with Suzuki. His long hike paid off handsomely. Suzuki had brought along Onoda’s one-time superior commander,
Major Taniguchi, who delivered the oral orders for Onoda to surrender his sword.
Hiroo Onoda’s thirty-year war was now over. He returned to Japan to receive a hero’s welcome. He was a media sensation and was hounded by the
curious public everywhere he went.
Yet, Onoda’s mind was still living in 1944 Japan, and he had a strong dislike for what he now saw. After publishing his memoirs, he took his newly
found fortune and moved to Brazil to raise cattle. He then married a Japanese woman and moved back to Japan to run a nature camp for kids. (We can
be quite sure that he had a lot of expertise about nature.)
Useless? Useful? I’ll leave that for you to decide.
Trying a deserter from the Korean War is just as stupid, besides he was probably brainwashed anyway.