Hiroo Onoda

1922 - 2014

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Hiroo Onoda (Japanese: 小野田 寛郎, Hepburn: Onoda Hiroo, 19 March 1922 – 16 January 2014) was an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II and was a Japanese holdout who did not surrender at the war's end in August 1945. After the war ended Onoda spent 29 years hiding out in the Philippines until his former commander travelled from Japan to formally relieve him from duty by order of Emperor Shōwa in 1974. He held the rank of second lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hiroo Onoda has received more than 3,317,192 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Hiroo Onoda is the 126th most popular military personnel (up from 150th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Japan (up from 49th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Hiroo Onoda was a Japanese soldier who was stationed on the island of Lubang in the Philippines. He was a member of the Imperial Japanese Army, and he was told that Japan had lost the war in 1945. He refused to believe this and continued to fight against the Philippine government until 1974.

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Among military personnels, Hiroo Onoda ranks 126 out of 1,466Before him are Heinrich Müller, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Eli Cohen, Dong Zhuo, Perdiccas, and Chester W. Nimitz. After him are Bohemond I of Antioch, Semyon Timoshenko, Robert E. Lee, Zhou Yu, Ferdinand Schörner, and Nero Claudius Drusus.

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Among people born in 1922, Hiroo Onoda ranks 18Before him are Ava Gardner, Erving Goffman, Jack Kerouac, Emil Zátopek, Pierre Cardin, and Gérard Philipe. After him are Aage Bohr, Doris Day, Kurt Vonnegut, Christiaan Barnard, Stanley Cohen, and Imre Lakatos. Among people deceased in 2014, Hiroo Onoda ranks 14Before him are Joe Cocker, Shirley Temple, Eli Wallach, Wojciech Jaruzelski, Nadine Gordimer, and Luis Aragonés. After him are Richard Kiel, Jacques Le Goff, Lauren Bacall, Maximilian Schell, Louis Zamperini, and Alain Resnais.

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Among people born in Japan, Hiroo Onoda ranks 39 out of 5,560Before him are Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Himiko (175), Hiroshige (1797), Saigō Takamori (1828), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), and Sadako Sasaki (1943). After him are Takeda Shingen (1521), Yoshinori Ohsumi (1945), Soichiro Honda (1906), Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Yayoi Kusama (1929), and Osamu Dazai (1909).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Hiroo Onoda ranks 7Before him are Oda Nobunaga (1534), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Hattori Hanzō (1542), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), and Saigō Takamori (1828). After him are Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Date Masamune (1567), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891), Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), and Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837).