LT. GENERAL TAKESHI TAKASHINA
Military Commander of Guam 1944
Killed on Guam
July 28, 1944
In March of 1944, the Japanese suspected that the Americans, having captured the Marshalls, had their eyes next on the Marianas. They sent to Guam the battle-hardened 29th Infantry Division of the Imperial Japanese Army, under the command of Takashina. These soldiers had served in China, where war had been raging between the Japanese and Chinese for a long time. These soldiers had war in their veins.
Takashina was up on the Fonte Ridge, what is now called Nimitz Hill, trying to organize his troops to evacuate to the north of Guam when he saw that the Americans were successful in taking Asan, Apra Harbor and Agat. He was killed by an American bullet.