Harada Kaku (1890-1945)

Photograph of Harada Kaku

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Harada was a captain in command of the Japanese midget submarine force when war broke out. He later commanded the seaplane carrier force at the battle of Midway. He was promoted to rear admiral and given command of Submarine Squadron 7 in January 1943 and employed his force in the Solomons with only limited success.

By August 1944 Harada commanded 33 Special Base Force in the central Philippines and was nominally in charge of preparing the defense of Cebu, although he left the direction of the preparations to the commander of the Army garrison, Manjome Takeo.

Service record

1913-12-19 Midshipman Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 47th in a class of 118. Assigned to CL Asama
1914-8-11   BB Hiei
1914-12-11 Ensign  
1915-10-1   CL Chikuma
1916-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade
Torpedo School Basic Course
1917-6-1   Gunnery School Basic Course
1917-12-1   Submarine Division 2
1918-11-2   Submarine Division 1
1918-12-13   AR Kanto
1919-7-24   Yokosuka Defense Unit
1919-12-1 Lieutenant Torpedo School Advanced Course
1920-12-1   SS-23
1921-11-1   SS-41
1922-12-1   Commander, SS-16
1923-4-1   Kure Defense Unit
1923-12-1   Commander, SS-19
1924-11-1   Commander, Ro-11
1925-12-1   Commander, Ro-26
1926-12-1 Lieutenant commander     
Commander, Ro-18
1928-6-15   Commander, I-24
1929-6-1   Commander, I-3
1932-12-1 Commander Commander, Submarine Division 6
1934-10-22   Commander, Submarine Division 9
1935-11-15   Commander, Submarine Division 29
1937-12-1 Captain Commander, Submarine Division 8
1938-12-15   Commander, AS Taigei
1939-11-15   Commander, CVL Hosho
1940-8-20   Commander, CVS Chiyoda
1942-11-1 Rear admiral
1943-1-12   Commander, Submarine Squadron 7
1943-12-27   Commander, Yokosuka Local Defense Squadron
1944-8-5   Commander, 33 Special Base Force
1945-9-25 Vice admiral
Died from disease contracted at the front


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