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Isoroku Yamamoto is considered a national hero in Japan He is considered one of Japans greatest naval officers of all time He almost single-handedly commanded the entire Japan fleet and won his country many early sea battles in World War II But in the United States he was portrayed as a monster an evil second only to Hitler himself Who was Isoroku Yamamoto Was he a hero or a monster Isoroku Yamamoto was born Isoroku Takano on April 4 1884 He was the sixth son of Takano Sadayoshi and his name Isoroku means 56 the age Takano Sadayoshi was when his sixth son was born The boy was immediately put up for adoption and was adopted by the Yamamoto family Isoroku Yamamoto graduated from Japans imperial naval academy in 1904 at age 20 He was assigned to a cruiser and in May 1905 he participated in the big naval battle of Tsushima Strait where the new Japanese navy defeated the Russian navy Yamamoto was wounded in the left hand and leg and lost two fingers but recovered and continued with his naval career In 1919 Yamamoto was sent to learn in the United States He studied English in Harvard University and also learned about the United States and became familiar with the nations strengths and weaknesses After graduating from Harvard Yamamoto returned to Japan and specialized in the new field of military aviation and particularly naval aviation In 1925 he returned to the United States as the naval attach at the Japanese embassy in Washington DC He stayed until 1936 when he returned to Japan to become the vice-minister for the Japanese Navy By 1941 Isoroku Yamamoto became the Commander in Chief of all naval forces In October 1941 General Hideki Tojo became the Prime minister of Japan Knowing that war was now inevitable Admiral Yamamoto began think about Japans best chance of victory After his time in the United States his opinion of the
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