Built by Fujinagata Shipyards in Osaka. Laid down 25 April 1927. Launched 27 September 1928. Comissioned 10 May 1929. Murakumo means "Clustered Clouds".
During the night of October 11-12, 1942 during a troop transport run to Guadalcanal, sunk by air attack after attempting to assist Furutaka in aftermath of Battle of Cape Esperance (Second Battle of Savo Island). Three near-misses, a torpedo hit and then bomb hit left ship unmaneuverable and aflame, with 22 dead. Shirayuki rescued the survivors, including Lieutenant Commander Higashi. On October 12, 1942 Murakumo was scuttled by a torpedo 90 miles west-northwest of Savo Island at roughly Lat 8° 40' S, Long 159° 20' E. Officially stricken from the Navy Register on November 15, 1942.
Combined Fleet - IJN Murakumo: Tabular Record of Movement
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November 16, 2018