War psychology is not a phenomenon that can be easily understood and resolved. Soldiers who live in the battlefield can feel the battle psychologically in the battle with all kinds of effects, not leaving them alone for all life.The most striking example of this psychology is Hiroo Onoda’s story that began after World War II and lasted for 29 years.
Onoda’s story begins at the last year of the war…
As a Intelligence Officer Onoda’s mission was in the islands of Japan.Onoda and his team was fighting to obtain crucial information from the American soldiers.It became a ruthless guerilla fight.
Meanwhile two Japan cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed by the Little Boy and Fat Man.These two bombs finished the war between United States and Japan.
Onoda was in the Lubang Island and it was difficult to communicate.War was over but Lubang and other islands continued to the fighting.American Army left from the islands and they distributed brochure. Japanese soldiers kept fighting, thinking it was a game.Since there were not American soldiers, the fighting has targeted local people for a while.Then they started to fight against the Philippines police and army.Onoda lost all of his team.Onoda continues his struggle without slowing down, thinking that his friends have been trapped by American soldiers.
He ate fruits and animals to survive in island.
Meanwhile, a Japanese man called Norio Suzuki set out on an adventure around the world looking for – “Lieutenant Onoda, a panda, and the Abominable Snowman, in that order”.
In February of 1974, he actually managed to find Onada and the two really hit it off. But Onoda refused to come out, insisting that he would only surrender when his commander would order him to.
His commander, Major Taniguchi, had retired a long time ago and had become a bookseller. But Norio arranged for him to fly to Lubang in March, 1974. The retired Major finally met Onoda and lived up to his promise – “Whatever happens we’ll come back for you.”, and gave orders to him final time:
“In accordance with the Imperial Command;14. Area Army has ceased all combat activity.”
“In accordance with military Headquarters Command No.A-2003,the special Squadron of Staff’s Headquarters is relieved of all military duties.”
Although he and his friends had killed around 30 people over the years, Hiroo received a full pardon from the then Filipino President and turning over his weapons to the President, Onoda finally surrendered.
As for Hiroo Onoda, he breathed his last on 16th January, 2014. He was 91.