Hiroo Onoda, was a Japanese Imperial soldier who continued to fight a guerrilla war for three decades after the end of WWII. In 1974 his former CO finally convinced him to surrender his sword. He said "Every Japanese soldier was prepared for death, but as an intelligence officer I was ordered to conduct guerrilla warfare and not to die," Onoda told CNN affiliate. "I had to follow my orders as I was a soldier." He may have been out enemy, but you have to respect his tenacity and commitment.
wwii Hiroo Onoda, an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II, held his position in the Philippines and refused to surrender until 1974. His former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty
Hiroo Onoda holds up the samurai sword that he kept with him during his years in the jungles of the Phillippines. He was sent to the Philippines late in 1944 to lead guerrilla warfare tactics against the Allied forces. After the unit was defeated by the U.S. military, a number of Japanese soldiers fled to the mountains where they remained in hiding.
Remembering Hiroo Onoda: Japanese Soldier who Fought WWII for 29 Years After It Ended! - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/hiroo-onoda-japanese-soldier-who-fought-wwii-for-29-years-after-it-ended.html