In 1974, a hut was discovered in Indonesia, it was occupied by a Japanese soldier who was still fighting for World War II. He was called Nakamura Teruo (中村輝夫), but he was actually Attun Palalin. He was born in 1919 and was from the Amis tribe, a Japanese colony in eastern Taiwan. Just as his name suggests he was a brilliant husband who joined the army because the Japanese promised to give his families food and money.
At the age of 24 he was sent to Morotai, an island in Indonesia. It was invaded by the Allies in the Battle of Morotai in 1944 and he was declared dead in March 1945. Nakamura's hut was accidentally discovered by a pilot in mid-1974. He was unable to speak Japanese and wanted to return to his homeland in Taiwan, but was sad to find that his wife had already remarried.
The fact that he did not have pure Japanese nationality meant that he received less money and was little praised by the media. Until he ran after it and managed to get better compensation. Five years after returning to his House in Taiwan he died of lung cancer.
Japanese Found in the Philippines in 1974
Nakamura Teruo was not the only one to fight for the second world war after it ended. The case that most reverberated was Hiroo Onoda that during the second world war he was sent to Lubang island in the Philippines. He and his companions were on the island when it was invaded and captured by American forces in 1945, many died while Onoda and some companions hid in the jungle.
He and 3 companions lived in the mountains until his 2 companions died in battle against the forces of the Philippines. Onoda lived 29 years alone on the mountain, despite attempts to convince him that the war had ended with the Emperor's surrender. In 1960, Onoda was declared legally dead in Japan. To survive, Onoda stole rice and bananas from locals, and slaughtering cows for meat.
Even though Onoda met a Japanese Student Norio Suzuki, he refused to accept that the war was over unless he received official orders from his superior to lower his weapons. The Japanese student returned to Japan with photographs to prove his meeting with Onoda and managed to find his Superior so that Onoda is ordered to lower his weapons.
Thus Lieutenant Onoda was duly released from his duty without ever surrendering. He accepted his commander's official order wearing his uniform and sword with an operational Arisaka 99 rifle with 500 rounds of ammunition, several hand grenades and a dagger his mother had given him in 1944 for protection. During this game in the mountains, 30 Filipino inhabitants were killed by Onoda, but he received forgiveness from Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.
He went to Brazil!
After his surrender, Onoda moved to Brazil, where he became a cattle rancher in the Jamic agricultural colony in Terenos, Mato Grosso do Sul. On December 6, 2006, he received the Santos-Dumont da Merida medal of force Brazilian Air Force. In February 2010, the Legislative Assembly of Mato Grosso do Sul awarded him the title of “Citizen of Sul-Matogrossense”. Unfortunately Hiroo Onoda passed away on January 17, 2014.
Shoichi Yokoi Fought until 1972
Shoichi Yokoi was born in 1915 and became known worldwide when found hidden on the island of Guam located at the southern tip of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. When the Americans recovered the island in 1944, Yokoi went into the jungle to avoid surrender to enemy troops.
During these 27 years he remained hidden in a hideout / cave and hunted at night. He used native plants to make clothes, bed linings, food, etc. He was afraid of being killed by the inhabitants of Guam, and he did not want to give up even when he saw pamphlets announcing the end of World War II.
On January 24, 1972 he was saved by Jesus and the Grace of God. That's right he was found by 2 local hunters called Jesus Duenas and Manuel DeGracia. In reality Yokoi was captured by the hunters through his traps, DeGracia wanted to kill the Japanese because of the death of his niece after the end of the Battle of Guam, but Jesus convinced him that this was not certain.
“It was very embarrassing for me to have returned alive,” said Yokoi, arriving back in his country, with his shoulder rifle, in a phrase that would become a popular saying in Japan. He became a celebrity in Japan, married moved and moved to rural Aichi. In 1991 he had the highest honor of his life, when he was received in audience by the Emperor of Japan Akihito. During an interview he said he had strong and deep reasons for being isolated from civilization for so long. According to him, his childhood was very hard and his relatives were very rude, which made him go into the forest to stay away from them. Shoichi Yokoi died in 1997 at the age of 82 from a heart attack.