Gen Tadamichi Kuribayashi


Gen Tadamichi Kuribayashi

Nagano, Japan
Death 22 Mar 1945 (aged 53)
Iwo Jima, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Cenotaph Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Memorial ID 9204731 View Source
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A lieutenant general, Kuribayashi was a member of a sumurai family and an accomplished poet. At the height of his military career, he became a member of the Imperial Guard. In 1944, Emperor Hirohito hand-picked him to lead the crucial defense of the island of Iwo Jima. Having once been a military attache in the United States, he understood the strength of his opponents and knew that this would be his last mission. He courageously used shrewd strategies and fought a battle of attrition that maximized the difficulties for the American troops who eventually secured Iwo Jima on March 26, 1944. His physical remains were was not recovered. His spirit is enshrined at Yasukuni.

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  • Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Tadamichi Kuribayashi (7 Jul 1891–22 Mar 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9204731, citing Yasukuni Jinja Shrine, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan ; Maintained by Find a Grave .