Kiyohide Shima

Kiyohide Shima

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was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

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A native of Miyazaki prefecture, Shima was a graduate of the 39th class of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1911, ranking 69th out of 148 cadets. He served as midshipman on the cruisers Aso, Hashidate and battleship Aki. As an ensign, he was assigned to Iwami, and as a sub-lieutenant, he served on the battlecruiser Ibuki, and cruiser Katori.

Shima was promoted to lieutenant in 1918, and after taking courses in torpedo warfare and navigation, was assigned as Chief Communications Officer to Kirishima. In 1921, he graduated from the Naval War College and was promoted to lieutenant commander.

From 1925-1926 Shima was appointed aide-de-camp to HIH Prince Takamatsu Nobuhito, concurrently serving on the battleships Nagato and Fusō. From 1928-1929, he was sent to the United States and Europe. On his return, he served in a number of staff positions, primarily as an instructor at various naval ordinance schools.

In 1933, he was promoted to captain, and in 1936, he received his first command, the Ōi. Shima became a rear admiral on 15 November 1939 and was Chief of Staff of the Maizuru Naval District.

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