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 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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