Takeo Takagi

Takeo Takagi

Infobox Military Person
name= Takeo Takagi
lived=25 January 1892 - 8 July 1944 [Nishida, Imperial Japanese Navy]
placeofbirth=Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan
placeofdeath=Saipan


caption= Japanese Admiral Takeo Takagi
nickname=
allegiance=Empire of Japan
branch=navy|Empire of Japan
serviceyears=1911-1944
rank=Admiral
commands="Nagara", "Takao", "Mutsu"
Mako Guard District, Takao Guard District, IJN 6th Feet
unit=
battles=World War II
*Battle of the Philippines (1941-42)
*Battle of the Java Sea
*Battle of the Coral Sea
*Battle of Saipan
awards=
family=
laterwork=
nihongo|Takeo Takagi|高木武雄|Takagi Takeo|extra= 25 January 1892 - 8 July 1944 was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Biography

Takagi was a native of Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture. He was a graduate of the 39th class of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, ranking 17 of 148 cadets in 1911. As a midshipman, he served on the cruiser "Aso" and battleship "Shikishima", and after his commissioning as ensign, on the cruiser "Asama" and battleship "Kawachi".

As a lieutenant, he served on submarine "S-15", and following advanced coursework in navigation and in torpedo warfare, he became executive officer and then captain of the submarine "S-24". After graduation from Naval War College (Japan) in 1923, he was promoted to lieutenant commander, and assumed command of the submarine "Ro-28", followed by submarine "Ro-68" in 1926. He was promoted to commander in 1928, and held a number of staff positions. He was sent to the United States and Europe in 1931, and promoted to captain in 1932.

In 1933, he was assigned command of the "Nagara", followed by "Takao" in 1936 and the battleship "Mutsu" in 1937. Takagi was promoted to rear admiral on 15 November 1938, and was Chief of the 2nd Section of the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff in 1939.

At the start of the Pacific War, he was commanding the naval forces supporting the invasion of the invasion of the Philippine Islands in late 1941, Takagi headed the task force covering the Java landings in Dutch East Indies. He was senior Japanese commander in the Battle of the Java Sea, sinking two cruisers and three destroyers for the loss of a single Japanese destroyer.

Takagi was promoted to vice admiral on 1 May 1942. He was commander of the carrier task force ("Shokaku" and "Zuikaku") in "Operation Mo". Thus he was also senior Japanese commander at the Battle of the Coral Sea.

In November 1942, Takagi was reassigned to be commander of the Mako Guard District, and was reassigned in April 1943 to be commander of the Takao Guard District. On 21 June 1943, he was again given a front line assignment, when he was made commander of the IJN 6th Fleet (submarines), based in the Mariana Islands.

Takagi was killed in action during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. He was posthumously promoted to full admiral.

References

Books

* Fuller, Richard. "Hirohito's Samurai. Leaders of the Japanese Armed Forces, 1926-1945." Arms and Armour Press (1991).
*cite book
last = Brown
first = David
authorlink =
year = 1990
title = Warship Losses of World War Two
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 1-55750-914-X

*cite book
last = Dull
first = Paul S.
authorlink =
year = 1978
title = A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941-1945
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 0-87021-097-1

*cite book
last = Hara
first = Tameichi
year = 1961
title = Japanese Destroyer Captain
publisher = Ballantine Books
location = New York & Toronto
id = ISBN 0-345-27894-1
- Firsthand account of the battle by the captain of the Japanese destroyer "Amatsukaze".
*cite book
last = Hornfischer
first = James D.
authorlink =
year = 2006
chapter =
title = Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors
publisher = Bantam
location =
id = ISBN 0-553-80390-5

*cite book
last = Morison
first = Samuel Eliot
authorlink = Samuel Eliot Morison
coauthors =
year = 1958 (reissue 2001)
chapter =
title = The Rising Sun in the Pacific 1931 - April 1942", vol. 3 of "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II
publisher = Castle Books
location =
id = 0785813047

*cite book
last = Schultz
first = Duane
year = 1985
title = The Last Battle Station: The Story of the USS Houston
publisher = St Martins Press
location =
id = ISBN 0-312-46973-X

*cite book
last = van Oosten
first = F. C.
year = 1976
title = The Battle of the Java Sea (Sea battles in close-up; 15)
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 0-87021-911-1

*cite book
last = Spector
first = Ronald
year = 1985
chapter = The Short, Unhappy Life of ABDACOM
title = Eagle Against the Sun : The American War With Japan
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 0-394-74101-3

*cite book
last = Whiting
first = Brendan
year = 1995
chapter =
title = Ship of Courage: The Epic Story of HMAS Perth and Her Crew
publisher = Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
location = Australia
id = ISBN 1-86373-653-0

*cite book
last = Winslow
first = Walter G.
year = 1994
chapter =
title = The Fleet the Gods Forgot: The U.S. Asiatic Fleet in World War II
publisher = Naval Institute Press
location =
id = ISBN 1-55750-928-X

*cite visual
crew = Niek Koppen (Director)
date = 1995
url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210987/
title=Slag in de Javazee, De (The Battle of the Java Sea)
medium = Documentary film
location = Netherlands
distributor = NFM/IAF
— 135 minute documentary of the battle. Won the "Golden Calf" award for "Best Long Documentary" at the 1996 Nederlands Film Festival.

External links

*cite web
last = Nishida
first = Hiroshi
url = http://homepage2.nifty.com/nishidah/e/px00.htm#v015
title = Imperial Japanese Navy
accessdate = 2007-08-25

*cite web
last = U.S. Army Center of Military History
first =
authorlink =
coauthors =
url = http://www.army.mil/cmh/books/wwii/MacArthur%20Reports/MacArthur%20V2%20P1/macarthurv2.htm#contents
title = Japanese Operations in the Southwest Pacific Area, Volume II — Part I
format =
work = Reports of General MacArthur
pages =
publisher =
language =
accessdate = 2006-12-08
Translation of the official record by the Japanese Demobilization Bureaux detailing the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy's participation in the Southwest Pacific area of the Pacific War.
* [http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-C-Saipan/index.html Breaching the Marianas: The Battle for Saipan] (Marines in World War II Commemorative Series)
* cite web
url=http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-M-Saipan/index.html
title=Saipan: The Beginning of the End
author = Hoffman, Major Carl W., USMC
work=USMC Historical Monograph
publisher=Historical Branch, United States Marine Corps
year=1950
accessdate=2005-12-19

*cite web
last = Klemen
first = L
authorlink =
coauthors =
url = http://www.geocities.com/dutcheastindies/takagi.html
title = Rear-Admiral Takeo Takagi
format =
work = Dutch East Indies 1941-1942 Website
pages =
publisher =
language =
accessdate =

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