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Kuribayashi, Tadamichi

Date of birth:
July 7th, 1891 (Nagano Prefecture, Japan)
Date of death:
March 26th, 1945 (Iwo Jima, Japan)
Buried on:
Japanese War Cemetery & Memorial Iwo Jima
Japanese (1868-1945, Empire)


Army general Tadamichi Kuribayashi was the commander of the defence of Iwo Jima, where the was killed on 26 March 1945. He is portrayed by Ken Watanabe in the feature film Letters from Iwo Jima.

December 1911: Second Lieutenant
July 1918: First Lieutenant
August 1923: Captain
March 1930: Major
Augustus 1933: Lieutenant Colonel
August 1937: Colonel
March 1940: Major General
June 1943: Lieutenant General
17 March 1945: General (posthumously)

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Sho-sho (Major General)
Awarded on:
November 10th, 1940
2600th National Anniversary Medal
Second World War (1939-1945)

With Gold and Silver Star
Kyuokujitsu sho, 2nd Class
Second World War (1939-1945)

With Gold Rays and neck ribbon
Kyuokujitsu sho, 3rd Class
1931 China Incident Medal
1937 China Incident Medal
Emperor's Visit to Japan Commemorative Medal
Great Manchukuo | National Foundation Merit Medal
First World War (1914-1918)
Sho-i (2nd Lieutenant)
Commander's badge