|Born||14 Nov 1904|
|Died||30 Dec 1954|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseKuzma Nikolayevich Derevyanko was the chief of staff of the Soviet 35th Army and the Soviet representative at Douglas MacAthur's headquarters in the final months of the Pacific War. He observed MacArthur's stern opposition to a Soviet invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido near the end of the war, and advised his superiors in Moscow, Russia as so. Aside from Russian, he also spoke English and Japanese fairly well. He was among the three Soviet representatives present aboard USS Missouri to accept the Japanese surrender on 2 Sep 1945. He then traveled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to, over the course of several days, survey the damage caused by the two atomic bombs. He passed away in 1954 from the effects of radiation poisoning. He was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia, and was posthumously made a Hero of Ukraine in 2007.
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|14 Nov 1904Â||Kuzma Derevyanko was born in the village of Kosenivka, Kiev Governorate, Russia.|
|5 Oct 1945Â||Lieutenant General Kuzma Derevyanko reported to Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, Lavrentiy Beria, and Georgy Malenkov on his observations of destroyed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.|
|30 Dec 1954Â||Kuzma Derevyanko passed away from effects of radiation poisoning.|
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