April 4,1884 - April 18, 1943
Isoroku Yamamoto was born in Nagaoka Niigata. Isoroku real name was Isoroku Takano which meant "56" the age of his father. In 1916 he was adopted by the Yamamoto family because they had no son's so it was common that the japanese adopt suitable young men to keep the family name going so he changed his name to Isoroku Yamamoto. 1904 Yamamoto graduated from the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy. Then he served on the Nisshin an armored cruiser during the war of Russo-Japanese. He got wounded in the battle of Tsushima and lost two fingers. In 1914 he went back to Naval Staff College. When he got done with college he was appointed Lieutenant Commander in 1916. In 1919 he attend Harvard college in then United States graduated in 1921. Later he returned to Japan and changed his specialty from gunnery to naval aviation. Yamamoto became commander of the First Carrier Division in 1930. His first Battle as a commander was the invasion of Manchuria in 1931. On November 15, 1940 he was promoted to Naval General. On December 7, 1941 Yamamoto launched the 353 planes off of his six aircraft carries in which all of these planes were to attack Pearl Harbor. The attack was a success it was was America's worst defeat in history. This caused America to join World War Two. Yamamoto would also serve in the battle of midway. After the Battle of midway Isoroku Yamamoto would die in a plane that was shot down by the Americans on April 18, 1943.
"I will run wild for the first year. After that, I cannot promise anything."
''I'm afraid all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."