Rear-Admiral Shoji Nishimura
Rear-Admiral Shoji Nishimura was appointed as commander of 4th Destroyer Squadron in November 1940 (previously he had commanded first a cruiser and then a battleship in the late '30s).
In June 1942 he was given command of 7th Cruiser Division, heavily involved in the subsequent Guadalcanal Campaign. In 1943 he was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral. He led "Southern Force" in the battle of Leyte Gulf and died aboard his flagship, battleship Yamashiro, trying to force the Surigao Strait in October 1944.