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Futami Akisaburo (1895-1987)

Futami was chief of staff of 17 Army during the Guadalcanal campaign. He expressed misgivings about sending the Ichiki Detachment alone to retake the island, believing the Marines numbered around 8000, much higher than previous estimates but still far short of the mark. His subsequent retirement suggests he was either scapegoated for the failure of the campaign or his health failed in the awful conditions in the South Pacific, but he was called out of retirement to command 154 Division in Kyushu in the final months of the war.

Service record

1895     

Born
1938
Colonel     
General Staff
1938

Senior staff officer, Korea Army
1940

Chief, Maneuvers Section, 11 Army
1941
Major general      Vice chief of staff, 11 Army
1942

Eastern District Army
1942-5-2     

Chief of staff, 17 Army
1942-10-1     

Eastern District Army
1942

Retires
1942

Recalled. Commandant, Ratsu Fortress
1945

Commander, 107 Independent Mixed Brigade
1945
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 154 Division
1945

Retires
1987

Dies


References

Generals.dk (accessed 2009-4-15)
Pettibone (2007)

Smith (2003; accessed 2012-11-13)


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