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Tomeo Kaku
Kaku
Historical Figure
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: 19th century (year unknown)
Date of Death: 1942
Cause of Death: Drowning (presumably)
Occupation: Naval Officer
Military Branch: Imperial Japanese Navy
(World War II)
Turtledove Appearances:
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): Both volumes
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Death: 1943
Cause of Death: Drowning
Military Branch: Imperial Japanese Navy
World War II
Tomeo Kaku (d. June, 1942) was a captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy. He commanded the IJN Hiryu during the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II. He deliberately went down with his ship when the Hiryu was sunk during the Battle of Midway.

Tomeo Kaku in Days of InfamyEdit

In May 1942, Tomeo Kaku (d. 1943) replaced the outspoken Kiichi Hasegawa as commander of the flagship Akagi while part of the Japanese occupation of Hawaii. In June 1942, he was commanding the ship when the United States made its first unsuccessful attempt to take back Hawaii. His skill in handling the ship earned him a promotion to rear-admiral a few months later.

However, in 1943, the U.S. returned with a much larger fleet that overwhelmed Japan's defenders in the Pacific Ocean. The Akagi took a torpedo hit amidships. Kaku dutifully took responsibility for the ship's destruction, and went down with her.

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