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Happy birthday IJN Shimakaze!

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Happy birthday to everyone's favorite and notorious destroyer, IJN Shimakaze!

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IJN Shimakaze was laid down on 8/8/1941 and was commissioned into service on 5/10/1943.

She participated in the following operations in the Pacific:

- Aleutian Islands Campaign, withdrawal of Japanese forces

- Battle of the Philippine Sea, destroyer screen duties

- Battle of Leyte Gulf, rescue survivors from the IJN Mushashi

During the Leyte Gulf campaign, she was spotted by strike aircraft from Task Force 38. Shimakaze was unable to fight off the attacking aircraft and took multiple hits before sinking.

Her wreck was discovered in Ormoc Bay off the coast of Leyte Island by an expedition funded by American philanthropist Paul Allen.

Happy birthday IJN Shimakaze, may you forever be on eternal patrol.


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I recently found out that the Shimakaze was in the Aleutians at the same time as my grandfather. He got a bronze star and a purple heart from the invasion of Attu.

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Happy Birthday!  Hope I did you proud.  (8km F3 torps)





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