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  Type 95 Ha Go Light Tank   (Fort DeRussy)
Makin Tank Detachment of 3rd Special Base Force

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Justin Taylan 1993

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Army Museum 2002
Tank History
Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 95 Ha Go Light Tank hull number unknown. Transported to Makin Island. One of three tanks assigned to the Makin Tank Detachment of 3rd Special Base Force commanded by Lt(jg) Seizo Ishikawa.

Wartime History
During the Battle of Makin Island between November 20-24 1943 one of the three tanks was destroyed during the combat. The other two tanks were emplaced in ravetments. After the battle, this tank was captured intact by the U.S. Army 27th Infantry Division. Later, it transported to Oahu for technical evaluation or as a war prize. At the end of the Pacific War abandoned at Fort Shafter with the main gun removed.

In the middle 1970's transported by Warren Sessler to Fort DeRussy / U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii for external restoration and was painted in a two tone color scheme, with a Japanese rising sun flag on each side of the turret. Later, repainted overall green color scheme. In 2006 it was repainted in a two tone color scheme of green and yellow.

Thanks to Warren Sessler for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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Type 95

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