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Sumiyoshi Tadashi (1893-1976)

Sumiyoshi commanded the artillery group of 17 Army on Guadalcanal. His 150mm howitzers soon were named "Pistol Pete" by the Marines subject to their harrassing fire. Sumiyoshi was ordered to pin down the Marines on the western perimeter of Henderson Field during the offensive of 23-25 October 1942. Word that the attack had been postponed failed to reach him, he attacked a day early, and his attack was repulsed with heavy losses. Sumiyoshi did succeed in pulling American forces off the south perimeter, where other units of 17 Army attacked the next two nights.

Service record

1893-2-10

Born
1938-3-1
Colonel
Commander, 3 Heavy Field Artillery Brigade
1939-12-1

Staff, Artillery Command, Kwantung Army
1940-12-2

Executive Officer, Army Heavy Artillery School
1941-3-1
Major general      
1941-7-13     

Commander, Artillery Group, 3 Division
1942-9-19

Commander, Heavy Artillery, 17 Army
1943-4-9

Eastern District Army
1943-10-30     

In reserve
1944-8-22     

Commander, Artillery, Eastern District Army
1945-6-23

Retires
1976-3-25

Dies

References

Ammentorp (accessed 2015-1-291)

Pettibone (2007)

Toland (1970)

 
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