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IJN Nokaze: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation: "Wind over the Field"

Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Kawahashi Akifumi [54]. Assigned to Desdiv 1 (KAMIKAZE, NAMIKAZE, NUMAKAZE, NOKAZE), Ominato Guard District.

4 December 1941:
Departed Ominato, then Hokkaido-Kuriles patrol/escort duties.

15 April 1942:
Lieutenant Commander Kawahashi (to C.O. SHIKINAMI) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Tokiwa Teizo [58].

25 May 1942:
Participated in Aleutians Islands attack operations.

9 October:
Departed Ominato, then Hokkaido-area patrol/escort duties.

10 December:
Departed Ominato, then Hokkaido-Yokosuka convoy escort duties.

17 May-15 June 1943:
Reassigned directly to Fifth Fleet, then back to Desdiv 1.

1 July:
Departed Ominato, then supported Kiska evacuation.

5 August:
Hokkaido-Kuriles convoy escort duties.

10 November:
Lieutenant Commander Tokiwa (to C.O. INAZUMA) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Ebihara Taro [59] (prev. C.O. FUMIZUKI). Lieutenant Commander Ebihara assigned added duty as Comdesdiv 1 following death of Commander Watanabe Yasumasa [49] on 18 December.

21 December 1943-2 February 1944:
Docked at Hakodate for repairs and refitting.

15 February:
Departed Ominato, then resumed Hokkaido-Kuriles convoy escort duties.

21 December:
Docked at Ominato for maintenance.

10 January 1945:
Attached to Combined Fleet.

26 January:
Departed Moji, escorting Convoy HI-91 towards Singapore; later detached to Mako.

Departed Mako to meet and augment the screen of northbound ISE and HYUGA. Joined on 14th but released and ordered to Singapore the next day.

20 February:
Sunk: torpedoed by USS PARGO (SS-264) off Cape Varella in the South China Sea (12-48 N, 109-38 E). Exploded violently, 209 killed; KAMIKAZE rescued 21 survivors, including Lieutenant Commander Ebihara. Last of 39 Japanese destroyers to fall victim to U.S. submarines during the war.

10 April 1945:
Removed from Navy List.

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