Kamikaze From Kalmykia — Samurai Uncle Sasha

An amazing war time story from the Japanese side.

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Esiteru Nakagawa was born in Tokyo, in the family of actors, the eldest child with eight sisters and two brothers. When the Great East Asian War, as Japanese call WWII, started, Esiteru enrolled in a military flight school, but has been sent to the front before graduation.

Kamikaze pilots bow to the Emperor before the battleKamikaze pilots bow to the Emperor before the battle

He completed his pilot training in aerial combat missions in the skies over Burma, the Philippines and Singapore.

Air ace Imperial Japanese Army, Commander of the Order of the Kinshi Kunsho (Golden Kite) fighter pilot, First Lieutenant Esiteru NakagawaFighter pilot of Imperial Japanese Army, Commander of the Order of Kinshi Kunsho (Golden Kite) First Lieutenant Esiteru Nakagawa

He was a valiant soldier and an excellent fighter pilot. During multiple flight missions he shot down 18 US bomber aircraft, more than enough to become a Commander of the Order of Kinshi Kunsho (Golden Kite) and, ahead of schedule, recieve the rank of “tyui” — First Lieutenant. Most importantly, for his bravery he was elevated to the ranks of samurai and bestowed a katana

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 3, 2015, in WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 62 Comments.

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed that story gp, also the fact that he still honored the code of Harakiri, and it was still in his thoughts even in old age.
    There must be many Japanese story’s about failed Harakiri, but daresay these would not be remembered in Japanese family history, much like a taint on the family tree through the tradition of Harakiri.

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    • In reading a book on the Samurai, I learned there were many different thoughts on the practice. We take it as fact that it was considered honorable by all the warriors, but not so throughout their history.

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  2. War and chance at its glory here!


  3. Fascinating, touching and superb.

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  4. I can’t imagine what’s the kamikaze pilots have in their minds thinking that it will be their last flight… Samurais, like the Viking warriors, were known to “savor” death as if death was a friend!

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    • I have read somewhat on samurai culture from centuries past and find that there was more than one way to look upon suicide and death. I gradually came to the conclusion that it became an individual feeling that we here in the 21st century are attempting to generalize – and I am guilty of that myself.

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  5. Great story GP, and one with a good ending. –Curt

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  6. An amazing lifetime well worth having attention drawn to it. As I remarked on the original site, it is gratifying that his countrymen cast aside his samurai ‘dishonour’ in favour of his exploits as a war hero.

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  7. I have a one word response – Wow. thanks for sharing this.

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  8. Thank you for sharing. Regards:)

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  9. That picture of Zero is awesome.

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  10. One of the other bloggers I follow just posted about a trip to the Korean DMZ – You might enjoy this – http://alittlebitbrave.com/2015/11/03/i-saw-north-korea/


  11. Very good story and glad that you shared it!


  12. Thanks for this posting, GP. It really makes our world seem small and the people in it closer to each other than we give them credit for, even if ‘the buttons are different’.


  13. Glad you reblogged this one. It was a very interesting story to run across yesterday


  14. What an amazing story.


  15. this is Don (Army) and his fraternal twin (Navy)…hope the photo of them shows up 🙂


  16. A touching story from the other side. ‘The sky is the same everywhere.’ Very poignant.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  17. Thanks for sharing GP.

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  18. Really nice article GP, there is so much interesting stuff out there from the Japanese and German perspective.

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  19. Thanks for bringing this beautiful story to us.

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