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  Yamamoto, Isoroku - (1884 - 1943) Yamamoto was a Japanese Naval Marshal General and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War 2. Yamamoto held several important posts in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and undertook many of its changes and reorganizations, especially its development of naval aviation. He was the commander-in-chief during the decisive early years of the Pacific War and was responsible for major battles such as Pearl Harbor and Midway. He died during an inspection tour of forward positions in the Solomon Islands when his aircraft was shot down during an ambush by American P-38 Lightning fighter planes. His death was a major blow to Japanese military morale during World War 2.  
   
  Yamasaki, Yasuyo - (1891 - 1943) was a Japanese military officer with the rank of Colonel. Yamasaki commanded the Japanese forces on Attu during the Battle of the Aleutian Islands. Yamasaki led one of the largest banzai charges of the Pacific campaign on May 29 and was killed in the charge.  
   
  Yeryomenko, Andrey - (1892 - 1970) was a Soviet military officer who rose to the rank of Colonel General during the war. Yeryomenko served in numerous commands during the war. Eight days after the invasion of the Soviet Union by Germany began, Yeryomenko was made the Acting Commander of the Soviet Western Front in charge of preventing the Germans from advancing towards Moscow. In August 1942 he was placed in command of the defense of Stalingrad. At the end of the war he was in command of the 4th Ukrainian Front that captured Hungary and Czechoslovakia.  
   
  Yonai, Mitsumasa - (1880 - 1948) Yonai was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and served as the 37th Prime Minister of Japan from January 16 to July 22, 1940. As Prime Minister, he continued the strong pro-British, pro-American stance he held as Navy Minister and continued his strong opposition to the Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. Yonai was forced to resign on July 21, 1940, largely due to pressure from the pro-Axis Imperial Japanese Army.  
   
  Yoshikawa, Takeo - (1914 - 1993) was a Japanese naval officer who because of his expertise on the U.S. Navy was sent to Hawaii under the cover of a vice-consul named Tadashi Morimura to spy on Pearl Harbor before the attack on December 7, 1941.  
     
   
     
   
 

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