Battle of Iwo Jima
General Tadamichi Kuribayashi was the leading general for the Imperial Japanese Army forces during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Tadamichi was a part-time writer, haiku poet and diplomat while he was not commanding his troops. He refused to lead banzai charges as they were an unnecessary waste of lives in his eyes. He was born on July 7,1891 in Nagano Prefecture, Japan and is assumed to have died in action at Iwo JIma on March 26, 1945 although his body was never identified by the US Military.