Name Translation: "First Frost"
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Kohama Satoru . Assigned to Desdiv 21 (WAKABA, HATSUHARU, NENOHI, HATSUSHIMO), Desron 1, First Fleet.
Desdiv 21 remained in Japanese home waters, guarding battleships and conducting antisubmarine patrols.
Desdiv 21 departed Tokuyama to meet returning Pearl Harbor Striking Force, then escorted it into Hashirijima.
14-22 January 1942:
Desdiv 21 escorted tanker convoy from Tokuyama to Davao.
Desdiv 21 with Kendari invasion force.
25 January-4 February:
Flagship of Rear Admiral Kubo Kyuji  while NAGARA under emergency repair following collision with HATSUHARU.
Desdiv 21 (minus HATSUHARU) with Makassar invasion force.
Desdiv 21 (minus HATSUHARU) with Bali/Lombok invasion force.
28 February-1 March:
In Bali Strait, assisted WAKABA in sinking a Dutch merchant ship; Desdiv 21 later engaged but failed to intercept four U.S. destroyers escaping from the Java Sea.
Desdiv 21 steamed from Makassar to Sasebo, then docked for maintenance.
With ABUKUMA, Desdiv 21 departed Ominato, escorting Adak-Attu Attack Force in Aleutians operations. Attu occupied on 7 June; Adak occupation cancelled.
Patrolled in Attu-area.
Patrolled in Kiska-area, then to Shimushu on 18 July.
23 July-2 August:
Docked at Yokosuka for maintenance.
Steamed from Yokosuka to Paramushiro, then resumed Northern Area patrol/escort duties.
Transport run from Paramushiro to Attu and Kiska.
With WAKABA, escorted ABUKUMA, KISO and TAMA on troop transport run from Paramushiro to Attu.
With WAKABA, transport run from Shimushu to Kiska.
24 November-2 December:
With TAMA, departed Paramushiro escorting troop convoy toward Shemya Island. Operation aborted, convoy returned to Shimushu.
Lieutenant Commander Kohama (later C.O. HARUZUKI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Iritono Atsuo  (prev. C.O. HATAKAZE).
Transport run from Paramushiro to Attu.
6-31 January 1943:
At Sasebo for maintenance and refitting: twin 25mm machine guns replace single 40mm abreast aft funnel.
31 January-4 February:
Escorted convoy from Sasebo to Paramushiro, then resumed Northern Area patrol/escort duties.
With WAKABA, escorted KISO and SAKITO MARU on transport run from Paramushiro to Kiska and back.
26 March: Battle of the Komandorskis
With WAKABA, part of Fifth Fleet cover force: during escort of troop convoy from Paramushiro to Attu (aborted), engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Launched torpedoes without effect.
31 March-3 April:
With WAKABA, escorted NACHI and MAYA from Paramushiro to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.
Desron 1 reassigned to Fifth Fleet.
Departed Yokosuka, then resumed Northern Area patrol/escort duties.
With WAKABA, escorted convoy from Ominato to Paramushiro.
29 June-5 July:
Alongside repair ship HAKKAI MARU at Paramushiro.
Initial troop evacuation run to Kiska, aborted due to weather.
22 July-1 August:
Second troop evacuation run to Kiska, successful on 29 July. With WAKABA, NAGANAMI, SHIMAKAZE and SAMIDARE, assigned to screening unit under Comdesdiv 21, Captain Amano Shigetaka . Moderate damage: to both bow and stern on 26 July in fog-induced chain-reaction collisions with WAKABA and NAGANAMI; detached to escort tanker NIPPON MARU for duration of operation.
5 September-5 October:
At Yokosuka for repairs and refitting: X turret removed/replaced by triple 25mm machine gun mount; twin 25mm machine guns added on bandstand forward of bridge.
11 October-5 November:
With HATSUHARU, escorted RYUHO and CHITOSE from Saeki to Singapore (19-26 October) and back to Tokuyama.
Lieutenant Commander Iritono (to C.O. AKIGUMO) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Takigawa Kouji  (prev. C.O. MATSUKAZE).
24 November-3 December:
Desdiv 21 (WAKABA, HATSUHARU, HATSUSHIMO) escorted HIYO from Kure via Manila to Singapore.
Desdiv 21 escorted HIYO from Singapore via Tarakan and Palau to Truk.
24-29 December 1943
Desdiv 21 escorted ZUIHO and UNYO from Truk to Yokosuka.
Desdiv 21 reassigned directly to Combined Fleet Headquarters.
With NOWAKI and MAIKAZE, Desdiv 21 escorted ATAGO, ZUIHO, and UNYO from Yokosuka to Truk.
Desdiv 21 departed Truk escorting ZUIHO and UNYO to Yokosuka; on 19-20 January escorted torpedoed UNYO to Saipan then guarded her there through 27 January while awaiting additional escorts; arrived Yokosuka on 5 February.
20 February-4 March:
With YUKIKAZE, escorted CHITOSE from Japan to Saipan, then back to Yokosuka.
29 March-7 April:
Escorted RYUHO from Ise Bay to Saipan, then back to Kure.
14 April-19 May:
At Sasebo for maintenance and refitting: Type 22 radar mounted on foremast; two single 25mm machine guns added abreast bridge bandstand mount.
Escorted tanker HAYASUI from Sasebo to Davao.
19-20 June: Battle of the Philippine Sea
Escorted 1st Supply Force.
23 June-2 July:
Arrived Guimarras, then escorted tanker convoy to Kure.
6 July-4 August:
Escorted convoys from Miike to Manila and back to Kure.
At Kure for maintenance and refitting: 8 single 25mm machine guns added along length of ship.
15 August-4 September:
Escorted convoys from Moji to Formosa and Manila and back.
At Kure for maintenance and refitting: Type 13 radar mounted on mainmast; 4 single 13mm machine guns added amidships.
Lieutenant Commander Takigawa relieved by Lieutenant Commander Sakawa Masazo  (prev. C.O. SAWAKAZE).
Desdiv 21 escorted NACHI and ASHIGARA from Kure via Amami-O-Shima to Mako (Pescadores), then was detached to Takeo, Formosa.
Desdiv 21 performed aircrew (ground-support units of 2nd Air Fleet) transport run from Takeo to Manila, then departed to join Admiral Shima's 2nd Diversion Attack Force.
Light damage: due to near-miss in attack by aircraft of TF 38; assisted HATSUHARU in rescuing survivors of sunken WAKABA, then returned with HATSUHARU to Manila.
Escorted troop convoy TA No. 2 from Manila to Ormoc. For details see TA Operations to Leyte, Part 1
With HATSUHARU, detached from TA No. 2 to escort naval transport T.9 towing damaged T.131 back to Manila.
Steamed from Manila via the Spratly Islands to Lingga. Carried the Fifth Fleet commander (Vice Admiral Shima Kiyohide ) as far as the Spratlys, where he transferred to ASHIGARA.
Desdiv 21 (HATSUSHIMO, SHIGURE) reassigned to Desron 2, Second Fleet.
29 November-10 December:
Escorted HARUNA from Singapore to Mako (4 December), then escorted convoy from Mako to Camranh Bay.
Out of Camranh to assist torpedoed MYOKO.
Arrived Singapore from Camranh.
10-20 February 1945:
Escorted ISE and HYUGA from Singapore to Kure.
21 February-27 March:
At Kure for maintenance and refitting: 5 single 25mm machine guns added along length of ship; single 13mm re-positioned amidships.
Escorted YAMATO from Inland Sea on attack mission towards Okinawa. Not hit in air attacks of 7 April; only two crewmen injured. Rescued YAMATO, YAHAGI and HAMAKAZE survivors.
Arrived in Maizuru for security duty.
Reassigned to Desdiv 17 (YUKIKAZE, HATSUSHIMO), Escort Squadron 31, Combined Fleet.
Assigned as training ship for gunnery school in Miyatsu Bay.
Sunk: by mine while maneuvering under air attack by TF 38 in Miyatsu Bay, 12 miles west-northwest of Maizuru (35-33 N, 135-12 E). 17 killed but Lieutenant Commander Sakawa among survivors. Last Japanese destroyer sunk in the war.
30 September 1945:
Removed from Navy List.