Rendova Landings

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Rendova Landings

Post by ijnfleetadmiral » 31 Aug 2023 12:58

Part of the forces opposing the landings were elements of the IJA's 229th Infantry Regiment, commanded by COL HIRATA Genjiro. Was he killed during the Rendova landings, or did he survive the war? I can't seem to find anything on him. If he wasn't killed at Rendova, who commanded the Rendova garrison? TIA for any info.
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Re: Rendova Landings

Post by Akira Takizawa » 31 Aug 2023 15:30

Japanese garrison on Rendova consisted of one company from 229th Infantry Regiment and one company from Kure 6th SNLF. It was commanded by IJN Lt.(JG) Funada. Note that COL HIRATA was the commander of 229th Infantry Regiment on New Georgia. He was staying at Munda and never landed on Rendova.

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Re: Rendova Landings

Post by ijnfleetadmiral » 31 Aug 2023 19:02

Thanks for the info! I'm guessing LTJG Funada Gonshiro was a Special Duty Officer?
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Re: Rendova Landings

Post by adachi » 31 Aug 2023 22:31

ijnfleetadmiral wrote:
31 Aug 2023 19:02
Thanks for the info! I'm guessing LTJG Funada Gonshiro was a Special Duty Officer?
Yes he was, his name in kanji is 船田權四郎 and he was from Gifu. I don't have much data on him but he was originally attached to Maizuru and then moved to Kure. In the Kure 6th SNLF he was at least at one point the 1st HQ Company Commander.

Funada seems to have survived Rendova as according to page 67 of "Gooru naki Senjo" (Battlefield with no Goals), when the Kure 6th SNLF was disbanded on December 1, 1943, he was appointed as head of the 83rd Guard Unit "Kanmurisaki" Battery in Kavieng.

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Re: Rendova Landings

Post by ijnfleetadmiral » 31 Aug 2023 22:55

Thanks for the info. Wikipedia lists the 'commander of the Rendova garrison' as being among those killed, so it must've been the IJA commander on Rendova - LT SUZUKI Toshio - who was killed.
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Re: Rendova Landings

Post by Akira Takizawa » 01 Sep 2023 01:10

The 7th company from 229th Infantry Regiment on Rendova was commanded by 2nd Lt. Miyazume. The commander of 7th company was 1st Lt. Suzuki. But, he seems not to have landed on Rendova by some unknown reason. Because IJA company was destroyed on Rendova, Lt. Miyazume would be killed.

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Re: Rendova Landings

Post by ijnfleetadmiral » 01 Sep 2023 04:43

What was 2LT MIYAZUME's first name?
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Post by jbroshot » 01 Sep 2023 05:21

Japanese Commanders (Army and Navy) in the Central Solomons

from Marines in the Central Solomons, by Major John N. Rentz (1952)
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Re: Rendova Landings

Post by Akira Takizawa » 01 Sep 2023 08:28

> What was 2LT MIYAZUME's first name?

His first name is 要. It is read as Yo or Kaname.

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Re: Rendova Landings

Post by ijnfleetadmiral » 01 Sep 2023 11:41

Thanks!
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