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IJN Onami: Tabular Record of Movement

Name Translation:"Big Waves"

29 December 1942:
Completed at Osaka. Ship's captain: Commander Kikkawa Kiyoshi [50] (prev. C.O. YUDACHI).

20 January 1943:

Assigned to Desdiv 31 (NAGANAMI, MAKINAMI), Desron 2, Second Fleet. Became flagship of Comdesdiv 31, Captain Kagawa Kiyoto [46].

20-25 January:

Escorted ATAGO from Kure to Truk.

31 January-9 February:

Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons to cover the Guadalcanal evacuation.

15-20 February:

With ARASHI and SHIGURE, escorted KONGO, HARUNA, CHOKAI, and NISSHIN from Truk to Yokosuka.

28 February-5 March:

With HAGIKAZE, escorted CHUYO from Yokosuka to Truk.

12-17 March:

With KIYONAMI, escorted auxiliary cruisers BANGKOK MARU and SAIGON MARU (carrying elements 7th Sasebo SNLF) from Truk to Tarawa.

20-29 March:

Escorted BANGKOK MARU and SAIGON MARU from Tarawa to Saipan (26-27 March), then returned to Truk.

14-27 April:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Rabaul and back.

3-13 May:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Rabaul and Kavieng and back.

13-26 June:

Escorted convoy from Truk to Eniwetok and Kwajalein and back.

28 June-28 July:

Escorted convoys from Truk to Kure and back.

4-9 August:

Escorted TAIYO from Truk to Yokosuka, then docked at Maizuru for repairs.

18 September-1 October:

Escorted transport AWATA MARU from Ujina to Ponape (26-30 September), then to Truk on 1 October.

17-26 October:

Escorted fleet from Truk to Eniwetok in anticipation of U.S. carrier raids, then returned.

31 October-1 November:

With KAZAGUMO, aircrew transport run from Truk to Kavieng; then to Rabaul.

6 November:

Cape Torokina counter-landing: troop transport run to Bougainville (cover).

21 November:

Led troop transport/evacuation run to Buka (cover).

24-25 November: Battle of Cape St. George

Led troop transport/evacuation run to Buka (cover). Sunk: by torpedoes of USS CHARLES AUSBURNE (DD-570), USS CLAXTON (DD-571) and USS DYSON (DD-572), 55 miles east-southeast of Cape St. George (05-15 S, 153-49 E). Blew up and sank with all hands, including Comdesdiv 31 (Captain Kagawa Kiyoto [46]). Commander Kikkawa (C.O. OSHIO at Bali and C.O. YUDACHI at Guadalcanal) was posthumously promoted two ranks, the only IJN destroyer skipper so honored.

10 February 1944:

Removed from Navy List.

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