- Tameichi Hara
Infobox Military Person
lived=1900 – 1980
Empire of Japan
commands=navy|Empire of Japan
unit= Destroyer "Amatsukaze" 1st Destroyer Squadron Cruiser "Yahagi"
World War II• Battle of the Java Sea• Battle of Midway
Battle of the Eastern Solomons• Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal• Battle of Vella Gulf• Naval Battle of Vella Lavella• Battle off Horaniu• Battle of Empress Augusta Bay• Operation Ten-Go
Tameichi Hara (原 為一 "Hara Tameichi" 1900–1980) was an Imperial Japanese naval commander during the
Pacific Warand the author of the IJN manual on torpedoattack techniques, famous for his high skill (particularly in torpedo warfare and night fighting). A Samuraidescendant, Hara graduated from the Imperial Japanese Naval Academyat Etajimain 1921 (class number 49). In 1932 Hara was assigned as a surface warfare instructor and in the middle of the same year his naval doctrine was accepted. At the beginning of the war he was a captain of destroyer"Amatsukaze", but for most of the war he was a destroyer squadron commander, aboard "Shigure". Hara's conception was first used in the battle of Guadalcanal.
13 November 1942, Hara’s destroyer, "Amatsukaze" sank the USS "Barton" during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Hara, as commander of the "Amatsukaze", participated also in the Battle of the Java Sea, the sinking of the submarineUSS "Perch" and the occupation of Christmas Island. While serving with the "Shigure", Hara was involved in several of the naval engagements during the latter part of the Solomon Islands Campaign. Hara's last sortie was as captain of the "Yahagi", the light cruiserwhich accompanied "Yamato"'s fateful last mission as part of Operation Ten-Go, which he survived. He ended the war at Kawatana training young men to attack invaders dressed as women and priests. He later commanded merchant ships which transported salt. His memoirs were later translated into English and became an important reference for the Japanese perspective for historians writing about the Pacific Campaignof World War II.
last = Hara
first = Tameichi
year = 1961
title = Japanese Destroyer Captain
location = New York & Toronto
id = ISBN 0-345-27894-1
* [http://www.jfsc.ndu.edu/college_resources/JOR/recall_roster.pdf Recall Roster]
* [http://www.combinedfleet.com/officer.htm#hara CombinedFleet.com biography of Hara]
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