© 1998 Allyn D. Nevitt

IJN Murasame: Tabular Record of Movement


Name Translation: "Scattered Showers"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Suenaga Naoji [52]. Assigned to Desdiv 2 (MURASAME, HARUSAME, YUDACHI, SAMIDARE), Desron 4, Second Fleet. Flagship of Comdesdiv 2, Captain Tachibana Masao [45].

26-29 November 1941:

Desdiv 2 steamed with Desron 4 from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).

7-11 December:

Desdiv 2 departed Mako, then with Vigan (Philippines) invasion force.

22 December:

Desdiv 2 with Lingayen invasion force.

26 December:
Minor damage:
in collision with minesweeper W-20 at Takeo, Formosa; then repairs.

12 January 1942:

Desdiv 2 with Tarakan invasion force.

23 January:

Desdiv 2 with Balikpapan invasion force.

27 February:

Desdiv 2 with Eastern Java invasion force.

27 February: Battle of the Java Sea:

Engaged Allied cruiser-destroyer group.

March-April:

Desdiv 2 arrived in Subic Bay from Tarakan on 16 March, then assisted in operations to secure the Philippines, including the blockade of Manila and occupation of Cebu.

3-6 May:

Desdiv 2 steamed from Mako to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.

4-6 June: Battle of Midway:

Desdiv 2 escorted Admiral Kondo's Occupation Force Main Body.

16-30 July:

Desdiv 2 steamed with Desron 3 from Kure via Singapore to Mergui (Burma) for Indian Ocean raiding operations, aborted due to Guadalcanal.

8-21 August:

Desdiv 2 steamed from Mergui via Balikpapan to Truk.

24 August: Battle of the Eastern Solomons:

Escorted MUTSU.

8-24 September:

Escorted seaplane carrier KUNIKAWA MARU out of Truk, searching Solomons-Santa Cruz Islands for potential seaplane base-sites; on 19 September scouted Ndeni Island, looking for U.S. seaplane base.

24-27 September:

Steamed from Truk to the Shortlands.

2 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

5 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Minor damage: in air attack near Shortlands due to near-misses.

7-13 October:

Steamed from Shortlands to Truk for repairs, then returned.

13-16 October:

Escorted troop convoy from Shortlands to Guadalcanal and back.

17 October:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

25 October:

Gunfire support mission to Guadalcanal (Hyakutake offensive), aborted. Removed Comdesron 4 (Rear Admiral Takama Tamotsu [41]) from damaged AKIZUKI and helped rescue survivors from bombed YURA.

26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz:

Briefly joined Admiral Kurita's Support Force, then to the Shortlands same day.

1 November:
Lieutenant Commander Suenaga promoted to Commander.

2 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

5 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal (cover).

8 November:

Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.

11 November:

Departed Shortlands to join Admiral Abe's Bombardment Force.

12-13 November: First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal:

Escorted Admiral Abe's Bombardment Force. Entered fighting late, but assisted in sinking of USS MONSSEN (DD-436) and damaging USS HELENA (CL-50); also may have torpedoed USS JUNEAU (CL-52). Minor damage: due to shell hit in forward boiler room; best speed temporarily reduced to 21 knots. After assisting crippled YUDACHI, joined KIRISHIMA. Later joined Admiral Kurita's Support Force, then to Truk on 18 November for repairs.

29 November-4 December:

Steamed from Truk to Rabaul and back; then patrol/escort duties out of Truk.

15 December:
Commander Suenaga (to Naval Technical Dept.) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Tanegashima Youji [53] (prev. C.O. SHIOKAZE).

14-20 January 1943:

With URANAMI, escorted CHUYO from Truk to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.

7-12 February:

With URANAMI, escorted CHUYO from Yokosuka to Truk.

28 February-2 March:

Steamed from Truk to Rabaul.

4-5 March:

Led transport run from Rabaul via the Shortlands to Kolombangara. Sunk: after being disabled by gunfire of U.S. cruiser-destroyer group, was finished off by torpedo from USS WALLER (DD-466), in Kula Gulf (08-03 S, 157-13 E); 128 killed; 53 survivors, including Comdesdiv 2 (Captain Tachibana Masao [45]) and Lieutenant Commander Tanegashima, later reached Japanese lines.

1 April 1943:

Removed from Navy List.


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