Gunichi Mikawa, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Gunichi Mikawa

Japanese admiral

Date of Birth: 29-Aug-1888

Place of Birth: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 25-Feb-1981

Profession: military personnel

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Virgo


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About Gunichi Mikawa

  • Gunichi Mikawa (?? ??, Mikawa Gun'ichi, 29 August 1888 – 25 February 1981) was a vice-admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during World War II. Mikawa was the commander of a heavy cruiser force that won a spectacular IJN victory over the U.S.
  • Navy and the Royal Australian Navy at the Battle of Savo Island in Ironbottom Sound on the night of 8–9 August 1942.
  • In this battle, his squadron of cruisers, plus one destroyer, sank three USN cruisers, plus the RAN heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra; Mikawa's force suffered no losses in the actual battle, although heavy cruiser Kako was sunk by the undetected American submarine S-44 on the return to their base near Rabaul in the Bismarck Archipelago.
  • However, his later career was of mixed success, and he was reassigned to lesser posts after the loss of a troop convoy destined for New Guinea. After the war Mikawa retired back to Japan, where he died in 1981 at the age of 92.

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