Saturday, November 22, 2003

They just keep going and going and going...

A team of WWII veterans and negotiators have been sent to the jungles of the Phillipines to try to bring home soldiers of Japan's Imperial Army who are still fighting the Second World War. One of the veterans has a deep understanding of what the aged soldiers must be going through - Yoshihiko Terashima, 82, continued the fight against the United States for five years after the official surrender.

If more soldiers are found, it wouldn't be the first time such a thing has happened... in 1974, Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda was discovered in the jungles of the Philippines. He refused to believe the war was over. They eventually flew in his former commander, who ordered him to drop his rifle and surrender.

Think how much the world has changed, since those guys went into the jungle, young men fighting a war for the empire.