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Koga, Mineichi "Yneichi"

    Date of birth:
    September 28th, 1885 (Arita, Saga, Japan)
    Date of death:
    March 31st, 1944 (Near Davao, Philippines, Pacific Ocean)
    Buried on:
    Tama Cemetery
    Nationality:
    Japanese

    Biography

    Promotions:
    ?: Sho-i Ko-hosai (Ensign);
    ?: Shu-i (Sub-Lieutenant);
    ?: Tahi-i (Lieutenant);
    1917: Sho-sa (Lieutenant Commander);
    December 1st, 1926: Dai-sa (Captain);
    December 31st, 1932: Sho-sho (Rear Admiral);
    December 31st, 1936: Chu-sho (Vice Admiral);
    March 1944: Gen-sui (Admiral of the Fleet - posthumously).

    Career:
    ? - 1906: Imperial Japanese Naval Academy;
    ?: Cruiser Matsushima;
    ?: Cruiser Katori;
    ?: Cruiser Otawa;
    ?: Cruiser Suma;
    ?: Battleship Aki;
    1911: Cruiser Kashima;
    ?: Imperial Japanese Naval Academy;
    1920: Resident Officer, France;
    1922: Executiver Officer Cruiser Kitakami;
    1926 - November 1st, 1928: Naval Attaché, Paris;
    1930: Commanding Officer Yokosuka Naval Station;
    December 31st, 1930: Commanding Officer Cruiser Aoba;
    December 31st, 1931: Commanding Officer Battleship Isa;
    1933: Intelligence Division, Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff;
    December 31st, 1936: Vice Chief, Navy General Staff;
    1939: Commanding Officer Japanese 2nd Fleet;
    September 1st, 1941: Commanding Officer China Area Fleet;
    April 1943: Commander in Chief Combined Fleet.
    31 March 1944: Killed in a plane crash

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Gen-sui (Admiral of the Fleet)
    Unit:
    Commander Japanese Fleet
    Awarded on:
    May 12th, 1944
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Gen-sui (Admiral of the Fleet)
    Unit:
    Commander Japanese Fleet
    Awarded on:
    May 12th, 1944
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Badge for Graduates of Naval Staff College
    1937 China Incident Medal
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    1944
    Details:
    Posthumously awarded
    Marshal's badge

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