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Sato Shiro (1893-1946)

Sato commanded Yura at the battle of Midway and 27 Base Force in the final year of the war.

Indicted as a war criminal for the execution of a downed American pilot, Sato committed suicide to avoid trial.

Service record

1893-5-13   born
1915-12-16     
Midshipman Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 49th in a clas of 95. Assigned to CL Iwate
1916-8-22   CL Otowa
1916-9-5   CL Kasuga
1916-12-1 Ensign  
1918-7-5   CL Niitaka
1918-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade     
 
1919-5-23   DD Asakaze
1919-12-1   Torpedo School Basic Course
1920-5-31   Gunnery School Basic Course
1920-12-1   Submarine School Basic Course
1921-5-25   SS-20
1921-12-1 Lieutenant  
1922-12-1   Torpedo School Advanced Course
1923-12-1   SS-68
1924-5-10   CL Idzumo
1925-4-15   SS I-52
1926-2-5   SS I-1
1926-12-1   Commander, SS Ro-55
1927-12-1 Lieutenant commander     
 
1928-12-10   Commander, SS I-21
1930-11-15   Commander, SS I-1
1931-12-1   Commander, SS I-5
1933-11-15 Commander  
1934-8-25   Commander, SS I-5
1934-11-15   Commander, Submarine Division 6
1935-12-20   Commander, Submarined Division 14
1936-12-1   Commander, Submarine Division 9
1937-12-1   Commander, Submarine Division 12
1938-11-15 Captain Commander, Submarine Division 7
1939-10-15   Commander, AO Shiriya
1940-4-5   Commander, AV Notoro
1940-10-19   Commander, AS Jingei
1942-4-20   Commander, CL Yura
1943-1-3   Staff, 1 China Fleet
1943-1-18   Commander, Kyuko Guard Force
1943-9-1   Commander, 2 Sasebo Sailor Corps
1943-10-20   Commander, 1 Sasebo Sailor Corps
1944-3-20    Staff, 9 Fleet
1944-3-25   Commander, 27 Base Force
1944-5-1 Rear admiral

1946-1-25
Retires; remobilized; assigned to Yokosuka Area Demobilization Office
1946-3-31
Retires
1946-8-16   Dies

References

Materials of IJN (accessed 2009-3-24)

Providence Journal (2014-9-9; accessed 2014-12-18)


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