Who was Funasaka Hiroshi?
Funasaka Hiroshi was a Japanese soldier in the Second World War who was known for his tenacity, bravery, and ability to survive even the gravest of wounds. Accounts of his actions on the battlefield vary wildly, with some claiming he killed over 200 American soldiers in one battle, but these figures are likely inflated. After being gravely wounded and these wounds becoming infected, Hiroshi chose to attempt to infiltrate the enemy camp and kill their commander instead of dying on the battlefield but was caught during his attempt. After his capture he was sent to a medical center where he repeatedly attempted to escape but never succeeded. He remained in American custody until the end of the war and even befriended a number of American service men.