Takeichi Nishi

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Takeichi Nishi
Nickname Baron Nishi
Born July 12, 1902
Azabu, Tokyo, Japan
Died March 22, 1945(1945-03-22) (aged 42)
KIA on Iwo Jima, Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1924-1945
Rank Colonel
Commands held 26th Tank Regiment, Mudanjiang

World War II

Relations Son of Nishi Tokujirō
Takeichi Nishi
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Equestrian Show jumping
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1932 Los Angeles Individual
In this Japanese name, the family name is Nishi.

Takeichi Nishi (西 竹一, Nishi Takeichi, July 12, 1902 – c. March 22, 1945) was a Japanese military officer and athlete. He is best known as an equestrian who competed in two Summer Olympic Games.[1]

Nishi won a gold medal in show jumping at the 1932 Summer Olympics at Los Angeles. He was also on the Japanese team at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.[2]

He was a tank unit commander at the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was killed in action during the defense of the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.[1]

In popular culture[change | change source]

In the 2006 American film Letters from Iwo Jima, Nishi was played by Korean-Japanese actor Tsuyoshi Ihara.[3]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sports Reference.com (SR/Olympics), "Takeichi Nishi"; retrieved 2012-8-14.
  2. Takahashi, Katsumi. "Baron Nishi: 1932 Olympic Gold Medalist for Japan," Journal of Olympic History (June 2003), Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 46-49; retrieved 2012-8-14.
  3. Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Letters from Iwo Jima; retrieved 2012-8-14.

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