February 20, 2012
Name Translation: "Mountain Wind"
Initial Command Structure:
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Hamanaka Shuichi  (prev. C.O. HATSUSHIMO). Assigned to Desdiv 24 (UMIKAZE, YAMAKAZE, KAWAKAZE, SUZUKAZE), Desron 4, Second Fleet.
26 November-1 December 1941:
Desdiv 24 steamed with Desron 2 from Terashima Strait to Palau.
Desdiv 24 departed Palau with Southern Philippine attack forces, then with Legaspi invasion force.
Desdiv 24 with Lamon Bay invasion force.
12 January 1942:
Desdiv 24 with Tarakan invasion force. Assisted Patrol Boat No. 38 in sinking of Dutch minelayer PRINS VAN ORANJE.
With Balikpapan invasion force.
At Staring Bay (Celebes), assisted torpedoed SUZUKAZE.
With Makassar invasion force.
Probably sank USS SHARK (SS-174) in gunnery attack 120 miles east of Menado.
With Eastern Java invasion force.
27 February: Battle of the Java Sea
In surface action against Allied cruiser-destroyer force.
Assisted in sinking of HMS EXETER, HMS ENCOUNTER and USS POPE (DD-225).
Escorted convoy from Staring Bay to Singapore.
Arrived in Lingayen Gulf from Singapore on 5 April, then assisted in operations to secure the Philippines, including the occupation of Panay and Negros.
Desdiv 24 reassigned to Desron 1, First Fleet.
28 April-1 May:
Steamed from Panay to Sasebo, then docked for repairs.
4-5 June: Battle of Midway
Escorted Admiral Takasu's Aleutians Guard Force supply group.
Sunk: while steaming independently from Ominato towards the Inland Sea, torpedoed by USS NAUTILAUS (SS-168) 60 miles southeast of Yokosuka (34-34 N, 140-26 E). Sank quickly followed by underwater explosions: 227 dead, no survivors.
20 August 1942:
Removed from Navy List.
 Editorial Note: - The failure of the Japanese to find any survivors once she went missing means details of her loss must be found in the report of USS Nautilus . At 0831 minus 12 time (Nautilus had changed to this time June 10, from the Y time she kept at Midway) sighted a lone Amagiri-class destroyer with a white band on the funnel steaming southwesterly in position 34-34'N, 140-26'E. At 0854 minus 12 time (0554 Tokyo?) 25 June 1942 when Yamakaze was steaming on course 226 at a leisurely rate of about 12 knots, Nautilus hit the destroyer with two torpedoes in the starboard side, one under the bridge, the other aft of amidships causing a burst of fire from No.2 stack. She immediately began to heel over to starboard and within five minutes had sunk. When just the bow and bridge were above water as she sinks by the stern, Nautilus allegedly took a photograph.. (Probably at 0858, when report marks target seen to be sinking quickly, for by 0905 Nautilus is going deep and relies on sound.) Very strangely, the report says sank by the bow; yet the famous photogaph taken with a rising sun recognition symbol on the forward turret and published even that same summer for morale purposes unambiguously shows her going down by the stern. It can only be concluded it was a typo. There seems no way the famous photo could have been misidentified...yet the photo is not mentioned in the report. - (Tully)