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Abe Koso (1892-1947)


Photograph of Abe Koso

Abe Koso at his war crimes trial.

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Abe commanded the Transport Group of the Port Moresby Invasion Force that was forced to turn back as a result of the Battle of the Coral Sea. He became the naval commander at Kwajalein later than year, and ordered the beheading of nine Marine Raiders left behind after the Makin Raid. The U.S. Navy tribunal that tried him rejected his claim that the Marines were spies, and he was hanged at Guam on 19 June 1947.

Service Record

1892-3-24     
  born
1912-7-17 Midshipman     
Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 73rd in a class of 144. Assigned to CL Adzuma
1913-5-1   CL Yakumo
1913-12-1 Ensign  
1915-1-25   CL Idzumo
1915-12-13 Lieutenant junior grade     
Gunnery School Basic Course
1916-6-1   Torpedo School Basic Course
1916-12-1   Yokosuka Sailor Corps
1917-12-1   DD Isokaze
1918-12-1 Lieutenant Gunnery School Advanced Course
1919-12-1   DD Yamakaze
1921-1-7   DD Akikaze
1922-1-10   BB Mutsu
1923-12-1   BB Yamashiro
1924-10-25   CL Asama
1924-12-1 Lieutenant commander     
 
1925-4-15   BB Nagato
1925-12-1   Instructor,  Naval Academy
1927-11-15   CL Naka
1928-10-25   CA Ashigara
1930-12-1 Commander BB Haruna
1931-12-1   BB Hyuga
1932-12-1   Instructor, Gunnery School
1934-11-15 Captain 1 Naval District
1935. 2-22   Commander, AO Erimo
1935-8-15   2 Naval District
1935-11-15   Commander, CL Jintsu
1936-12-1   Commander, CL Naka
1937-8-2   Commander, CL Tenryu
1938-12-15   Commander, CA Mikuma
1939-7-20   Commander, CA Myoko
1939-11-15   Commander, BB Hiei
1940-10-15   1 Naval District
1940-11-15 Rear admiral
 
1941-6-1   Schoomaster, Tateyama Gunnery School
1942-2-2   Staff, 4 Fleet
1942-2-5   Commander, 6 Auxiliary Base Force
1943-11-29   Navy General Staff
1943-12-27   Schoomaster, Tateyama Gunnery School
1944-5-1 Vice admiral
 
1945-4-25   3 Naval District
1945-5-1   Commander, Sasebo Guard Force
1945-10-15
Retires
1947-6-19   Hanged for war crimes


References

Frank and Shaw (1968; accessed 2011-12-29)

Fuller (1992)

Maga (2001)

Materials of IJN (accessed 2007-12-14)



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