Monday, 10 February 2014

Hiroo Onoda: 19 March 1922 - 16 January 2014

You may be wondering who is Hiroo Onoda and what does he have to do with zombies?

Well nothing with zombies but in regards to survival he is a legend.

I first read about him in the late 1970's in a book called Stranger than Fiction. It featured a number of amazing true-life stories. Onada's story was as a holdout or straggler. One of a number of Japanese soldiers who didn't surrender after world War Two and kept fighting on in the jungles. 

In this case Onoda was on Lubang Island in the Philippines, initially with three other soldiers. One surrendered in 1950 and the two others where eventually shot and killed. This left Onoda on his own until he was finally convinced to surrender in March 1974. 

That's close to 30 years living rough in a hostile environment.

No doubt it helped that Onoda was an intelligence officer trained at the Nakano School. A military facility that trained soldiers in spying and guerrilla warfare. Some regard this school as instilling the old ninja like philosophies into their students.

Onoda passed away a few weeks ago aged 91. An inspiration for all those wondering how we will survival an apocalyptic world without internet, television and fast food. 

Bite of more than you can chew

Mr Rimsky

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