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Military Personnel
    (August 25, 1916-September 22, 2000)
    Born in Saga, Japan
    Japanese fighter pilot during WWII
    Shot down 64 Allied aircraft during WWII including Colin Kelly's B-17
    He killed a lot of Americans and Allied personnel, British, Chinese etc.
    His first name means third son.
    He married his cousin and gave her a dagger to kill herself if he died in combat.
    He joined the Imperial Japanese Navy when he was only 16.
    Originally an enlisted man, he never rose in rank higher than lieutenant.
    He was of samurai ancestry and his autobiography was titled 'Samurai!'
    He was #1 in flight school.
    During one attack towards the end of the war, he was wounded and blinded in one eye but was still able to fly four hours back to his base.
    He once refused to fire on an unarmed transport aircraft carrying civilians over Borneo risking a firing squad. Many years afterward, a nurse on the transport tracked him down to thank him for his gallantry and mercy.
    After the war, he became a Buddhist and pacifist praying for the souls of the men he had killed and criticizing the war and those who led Japan into it.
    Unheard of among the Japanese, he criticized the Emperor personally, pointing out the war could have never been started if he had publicly objected.
    Ironically, he died in his sleep of a heart attack.
    His last name sounds a little like the drink, sake.

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