Interrogation Nav 101, Rear Admiral Akira Soji

7 Dec 1945


SOJI, Akira, Rear Admiral, I.J.N.

SOJI served 30 years in the regular Navy. As Commanding Officer of the Mogami he participated in the invasion of JAVA, (including the sinking of the USS Houston and HMAS Perth), the Battle of MIDWAY, where the Mogami suffered damage from a collision as well as from dive bombers, and SOLOMONS Operations. Later as Commanding Officer of the Nachi he operated in the North PACIFIC. He was commissioned a Rear Admiral on 1 May 1944 and assigned duty as Commander of the First Transportation Corps with the responsibility of transporting supplies from FORMOSA to the PHILIPPINES. He returned to TOKYO in April 1945. SOJJI appeared vigorous and athletic for a man of his age and although at times he was unable to remember exact details of engagements he attempted to furnish accurate and complete information upon request.

Commanding Officer, Mogami JAVA, MIDWAY, SOLOMONS December 1941-December 1942
Commanding Officer, Nachi North PACIFIC November 1942-September 1943
Chief of Staff, Naval Station MAIZURU September 1944-April 1945
Commanding Officer, 1st Transportation Corps FORMOSA September 1944-April 1945
Chief of Meteorological Department TOKYO April 1945-August 1945

Source: United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific) Interrogation of Japanese Officials [OPNAV-P-03-100], courtesy of ibilio Hyperwar Project
Added By: C. Peter Chen

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