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Greetings... New member here, need translation of kanji on a Japanese flag! :)

Article about: Hi all, Just purchased this nice silk (I believe) and was told it might have something to do with a kamikaze? It came with a small piece of paper where it looks like someone had gotten some

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    Default Rear Admiral Yoshida Shin'ichi

    Woo-Hoo!!! Found him


    明18(1885). 6.20 生
    明41(1908). 4.25 海軍機関少尉候補生 宗谷乗組(海機卒)
    明42(1909). 1.11 海軍機関少尉 和泉乗組
    明43(1910). 1.15 13dg附
    明43(1910). 5. 5 11dg附
    明43(1910).12. 1 海軍機関中尉
    明44(1911).10.10 伊吹乗組
    大元(1912).12. 1 海軍機関大尉 工機校特修科学生
    大 2(1913). 5.24 伊吹分隊長
    大 2(1913).12. 1 1潜水艇隊附
    大 3(1914). 5.27 2潜水艇隊附
    大 4(1915). 5.26 吾妻分隊長
    大 5(1916).12. 1 海大機関学生
    大 7(1918).12. 1 海軍機関少佐 12潜水艇隊機関長
    大 8(1919).12. 1 海大選科学生
    大 9(1920).12. 1 横工廠造機部部員
    大12(1923). 4. 1 海大教官
    大12(1923). 4.20 海大教官/機関局局員
    大12(1923).12. 1 海軍機関中佐
    大12(1923).12.10 海大教官/機関局局員/艦本部員(五部)
    昭 2(1927).12. 1 艦本造船監督官/出仕
    昭 3(1928). 8.10 艦本造船監督官
    昭 3(1928).12.10 海軍機関大佐 1Ss機関長
    昭 4(1929).11.30 潜水校教官
    昭 5(1930).12. 1 呉工廠潜水艦部長
    昭 9(1934).11.15 海軍少将 呉艦船部長
    昭10(1935).11.15 軍令部出仕
    昭10(1935).12.10 待命
    昭10(1935).12.14 予備役
    昭23(1948).11.18 歿 (63)

    1885 - Born in Yamaguchi Prefecture
    1908 - Entered the Naval Academy [Naval Engineering Academy Class 16]
    1901 - Ensign (graduated Naval Engineering)
    1910 - IJN Izumi crew
    1910 - Engineering Lieutenant J.G.
    1911 - IJN Ibuki crew
    1913 - Naval Mechanical [engineering?] School; promoted to Lieutenant (same as army captain)

    .... HEY!!! There's an English page!!!!!

    Date Rank Other title Job
    1885. 6.20 born
    1908. 4.25 MID/E Crew, Soya
    1909. 1.11 SUBLT/E Crew, Izumi
    1910. 1.15 Member, 13dg
    1910. 5. 5 Member, 11dg
    1910.12. 1 LTJG/E
    1911.10.10 Crew, Ibuki
    1912.12. 1 LT/E Eng.School Exp.Course
    1913. 5.24 DC, Ibuki
    1913.12. 1 Member, 1sbg
    1914. 5.27 Member, 2sbg
    1915. 5.26 DC, Adzuma
    1916.12. 1 Nav.College Eng.Course
    1918.12. 1 LCDR/E Chief Eng, 12sbg
    1919.12. 1 Nav.College Sel.Course
    1920.12. 1 Staff, B-EngConst, Yokosuka NYd
    1923. 4. 1 Inst, Nav.College
    1923. 4.20 Inst, Nav.College / Staff, B-Eng, DoN
    1923.12. 1 CMDR/E
    1923.12.10 Inst, Nav.College / Staff, B-Eng, DoN / Staff, NSC (B5)
    1927.12. 1 SVC, NSC / Att, NSC
    1928. 8.10 SVC, NSC
    1928.12.10 CAPT/E Chief Eng, 1Ss
    1929.11.30 Inst, Sub.School
    1930.12. 1 Chief, B-Sub, Kure NYd
    1934.11.15 RADM Chief, B-Ship, Kure
    1935.11.15 Att, NGS
    1935.12.10 Wait
    1935.12.14 Resv
    1948.11.18 died (63)

    Here's the list of abbreviations.

    --Guy

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    Wow , well done Guy , great research .....take a bow Now this really puts this flag on a different plane , very nice indeed !
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Nice flag. Congrats.

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    Great Guy...so from this am I right to assume that he was retired by the time the US entered the war?

    And if there is a name..there might be relatives still around.

    Michael
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    Great Guy...so from this am I right to assume that he was retired by the time the US entered the war?

    And if there is a name..there might be relatives still around.

    Michael
    Yes, he was on the Reserve List from 1935. Note, it does not say Retired List -- that abbreviation would be "Ret."; so, he well might have been on active reserve duty at a ship factory or something; after all, he was only 56 when Japan declared war on the USA.

    My friend's grandfather was the IJN "Co-Chairman" of a manufacturing company as an RADM; after he was "retired" due to the plants being destroyed, he became a senior civilian manager in the same company and maintained that position throughout the Occupation -- after his name was cleared from the war crimes list -- well into the mid-1960s. The same might have happened to RADM Yoshida.

    --Guy

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    Hi Guy... You are amazing, so fast and efficient!! I really appreciated your help on this -- I am amazed that I paid $45 for this and find out an ADM signed it AND now learn his bio. I wanted to also apologize for my delay in replying personally, been rather ill lately. I do have another flag with some cool GI ID'ed history and would love to know what's on it. It's dirtier than this flag. I will start a new thread when I get the info and pics together. Take care and again, thanks for your expertise and time! Also... a big HOOAH and thanks for your service to our great Army!! I worked for 12 yrs around the Army as a Civilian... will be introducing myself better to you fine folks soon...

    Cheers, Jean

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    Howdy, Jean! Hope you're feeling better.

    Go ahead and make a new post and I'll see what I can do.

    From 1986-88 the army sent me back to civilian college to complete my undergraduate degree, so I elected to attend the Monterey Institute of International Studies for two years. (MIIS is a civilian graduate school, NOT to be confused with the Defense Language Institute up the hill from us). Graduation required two years of intensive foreign language, and I selected Japanese; then a year later .... I married my language teacher. In 1990 the army sent me to Japan for five years where my reading/speaking ability decreased -- I was no longer actively studying [and was living in "Little America"]. However, I still can identify/read a whole pot-full of kanji, and I know how to properly write them -- making it possible to look up really difficult kanji ... much of the time. Compared to my peers who seemed to excel, even thrive, in the language, I barely kept my nose above water. After I retired from the army I barely kept my abilities alive, and that's where I am right now.

    After I retire from my current job in a few years I might be relocating to Japan. If so, then my capability may dramatically improve in a short period of time since it will be my survival language.

    Japanese is certainly NOT like German. The Defense Language Institute categorizes Japanese as a "Level IV" language -- the most difficult [along with Russian, Finish, Arabic, and Chinese]. German, French, and Spanish are easier and classified as Level I. [It is worth noting that English is just as hard for Japanese-speakers to learn.]

    Cheers,
    --Guy

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    From 1986-88 the army sent me .... (etcetera, ad nausium, about myself)
    Sheesh ... sorry for that post (#27) .... I thought you asked me why I could read Japanese .... I must have invented an entire conversation!!!!

    I'd delete the post, but rbminis likes it.


    --Guy

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    Quote by ghp95134 View Post
    Sheesh ... sorry for that post (#27) .... I thought you asked me why I could read Japanese .... I must have invented an entire conversation!!!!

    I'd delete the post, but rbminis likes it.

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    --Guy
    lol...I liked it also.

    M
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Guy,
    I can't even fathom being able to learn Japanese as far as reading/writing it... maybe I could learn some phrases phonetically but to me it looks like so much scratching and so complex!! That is funny you married your teacher, lol. Talk about "Teacher's Pet!" Is she Japanese or was she like a US citizen working there? The one thing I would love about living in Japan is the sushi since I LOVE it!!

    Jean

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