Inoguchi Toshihira (1896-1944)

Inoguchi Toshihira was a former captain of the cruiser Takao and had a reputation as the best gunnery theorist in the Japanese Imperial Navy. He was given command of Musashi on 12 August 1944. Promoted to rear admiral just before the Battle of Leyte Gulf, he remained in command of the ship on its last voyage. He was wounded in an air attack that knocked out the main antiaircraft director, and chose to go down with the ship.

Inoguchi allegedly advocated seeking a negotiated peace in 1944. When he decided to go down with his ship, he gave an ensign his sword and a letter asking for the Emperor's forgiveness.

Service record

1896-8-11   Born
CL Tokiwa
1919-8-1 Ensign    
CL Tatsuta
1919-12-1   Gunnery School Basic Course
1920-5-31   Torpedo School Basic Course
1920-12-1   DD Hakaze
1921-5-7   CL Yakumo
1921-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade     
1922-5-15   CL Oi
1922-11-20   DD Nashi
1923-9-22   PG Katata
1923-12-1   Gunnery School Advanced Course
1924-12-1 Lieutenant BB Hyuga
1925-12-1   Gunnery School Specialized Course
1926-11-15   Instructor, Gunnery School
1929-11-30 Lieutenant commander     
1930-11-1   CL Kinu
1931-12-1   Staff, Destroyer Squadron 2
1932-12-1   Instructor, Gunnery School
1934-11-15 Commander  
1934-11-20   Instructor, Gunnery School
1935-11-15   BB Fuso
1936-12-1   Staff, Combined Fleet
1937-12-1   Executive Officer, CL Kuma
1938-4-1   Instructor, Gunnery School
1939-11-15 Captain  
1940-10-1   Instructor, Gunnery School
1940-10-15   Commander, AO Iro
1941-5-24   Chief Instructor, Gunnery School
1942-5-5   1 Naval District
1942-7-1   Commander, CL Natori
1943-1-20   1 Naval District
1943-2-15   Staff, 2 Fleet
1943-2-23   Commander, CA Takao
1943-10-28   1 Naval District
1943-12-1   Chief Instructor, Yokosuka Gunnery School
1944-8-1   Staff, Battleship Division 1
1944-8-12   Commander, BB Musashi
1944-10-15 Rear admiral
1944-10-24 Vice admiral
Killed in action


Dupuy (1992)

Fuller (1992)

Materials of IJN (accessed 2007-11-28)

Prados (1995)

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