Name Translation: "Summer Clouds"
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Commander Tsukamoto Shutaro  (prev. C.O. NAGATSUKI). Assigned to Desdiv 9 (ASAGUMO, YAMAGUMO, NATSUGUMO, MINEGUMO), Desron 4, Second Fleet.
26-29 November 1941:
Steamed with Desron 4 from Terashima Strait to Mako (Pescadores).
Departed Mako, then with Vigan (Philippines) invasion force.
With Lingayen invasion force.
12 January 1942:
With Tarakan invasion force.
With Balikpapan invasion force.
With Makassar invasion force.
Assisted in occupation of Bawean Island.
With Eastern Java invasion force.
27-28 February: Battle of the Java Sea:
Detached early in action with UMIKAZE to shepherd troop convoy to safety.
With MINEGUMO, damaged USS PERCH (SS-176) in depth-charge attack.
31 March-10 April:
With Christmas Island invasion force, then escorted damaged NAKA to Singapore.
Steamed from Singapore via Formosa to Yokosuka, then docked for repairs.
4-6 June: Battle of Midway:
Escorted Admiral Kondo's Occupation Force Main Body.
27 June-13 July:
Escorted fleet patrolling out of Ominato southwest of the Aleutians.
With ASAGUMO, escorted CHOKAI from Kure to Truk.
29 July-1 August:
With ASAGUMO, transport run from Truk to Kwajalein, then returned to Yokosuka on 8 August.
Escorted fleet from Yokosuka to Truk.
24 August: Battle of the Eastern Solomons:
Desdiv 9 escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons.
Desdiv 9 steamed from Truk to the Shortlands.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Detached to escort damaged MINEGUMO back to Shortlands.
Accompanied NISSHIN on troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
With AKIZUKI, escorted NISSHIN and CHITOSE on troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Sunk: by air attack while assisting crippled MURAKUMO in aftermath of Battle of Cape Esperance. Near-misses caused uncontrollable flooding and ship capsized only 39 minutes after attack, 90 miles west-northwest of Savo Island (08-40 S, 159-20 E). ASAGUMO rescued the crew, but there were 16 killed, including Commander Tsukamoto.
15 November 1942:
Removed from Navy List.