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  Kiyoshimo 清霜
Yūgumo Class Destroyer

2,520 Tons
390' 11" x 35' 5" x 12' 4"
6 x 127mm guns
28 x 25mm AA guns
4 x 13mm AA guns
8 x 24" torpedo tubes
36 depth charges

Ship History
Built by Uraga Dock Company near Tokyo. Laid down March 16, 1943. Launched February 29, 1944. Completed May 16, 1944 as as a Yūgumo-class destroyer named Kiyoshimo 清霜 meaning "Clear Frost". That same day delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) under the command of Commander Miyazaki Isamu and assigned to Desron 11 for training.

Wartime History
On June 30, 1944 departed Yokosuka for a transport run to Chichi-Jima. Then on August 5, 1942 assigned to Desron 2, Second Fleet.


On October 24, 1944 this destroyer rescued survivors of the Musashi.


On December 24, 1944 a Japanese Navy force including two cruisers: Ashigara and Ōyodo plus eight destroyers: Kiyoshimo, Asashimo, Kasumi, Kaya, Kashi, and Sugi departs Camranh Bay off Indochina (Vietnam) as part of "Operation Rei-Go" a raiding force to Magarin Bay to conduct a shore bombardment against the San Jose beachhead area of western Mindoro Island.

Sinking History
On December 26, 1944 during the evening spotted and attacked by B-25 Mitchell that scored two direct hits that crippled this destroyer. Afterwards, hit by a torpedo fired by PT-223 causing it to sink 145 miles south of Manila at roughly 12°20′N 121°0′E. During the attacks and sinking, 82 were killed and 74 injured. Officially written off on February 10, 1945.

Afterwards, Asashimo rescued 169 survivors, including Captain Shiraishi Nagayoshi and Lieutenant Commander Kajimoto. The attacking PT boats rescued five other crew members who became Prisoners Of War (POW).

Combined Fleet - IJN Kiyoshimo: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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