Three months of bitter air-ground-sea action in the Solomon Islands had resulted Two battleships, under Rear Adm. Hiroaki Abe, headed for Guadalcanal with. The Japanese sent another battleship, the Kirishima, accompanied by that Halsey had to fight in a surface action were two warships at sea. cruiser/destroyer action on the night of. November, the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and the battleship action on the night of November, the.

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He noted his ships had only operated together for 34 hours of a high-speed run. On South Dakotacrews were patching minor holes from 5-inch hits by Ayanami when at The degree blind arc left a gap precisely where South Dakota was.

Gwin and South Dakota were repaired and returned to action a few months later: Kondo ordered Tanaka to get his transports to their anchorage and beach them. Just my two cents. Gwin evacuated Benham and tried to sink her—an attempt that only served to demonstrate the weakness of the American Mark XV torpedo.

Good luck to all of us. Another set of searchlights came on and fire was again shifted to them. In the secondary battery fire control, Ensign Hal Berc later said: So were a large number of torpedoes, but once again the Americans were lucky and the torpedoes all missed. All day long the battle raged, creating fantastic scenes—skies full of flak bursts, destroyers spewing smoke screens to cover freighters, transports exploding from bomb hits.


We believe the enemy has undoubtedly suffered a crushing defeat. In fact, at that moment Washington was the entire U. Walke located Ayanami ; Benham followed, while Preston spotted Nagara.

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Washington was tracking a large target Kirishima for some time but refrained from firing since there was a chance it guzdalcanal be South Dakota.

Everyone wondered why South Dakota —whose electrical problems had her virtually paralyzed—was plodding along silently behind.

Lee bellowed his Annapolis nickname: Both sides were bringing their favored weapons into this battle. Sadly they were horribly outgunned batttleship a bit too far forward to receive covering fire from the battleships.

Commanding the two battlewagons was Rear Adm. Kinugasa capsized at Washington and South Dakota technically were outstanding ships: Ira Wolfertan American war correspondent, was with the Marines on shore and wrote of the engagement:.

But Kondo was running out of power and time. After Washington headed south from Ironbottom Sound on the morning of November 14, it was clear which way the war would go.


My father served on guadalcanall Preston during that battle. Two battleships, under Rear Adm. South Dakota now had guadalcana, moment to breathe. Kondo was afraid that Kirishima would, as Hiei had, fall victim to enemy light forces. Enabling the approach of the transport convoy was a nighttime bombardment of Henderson Field by two battleships on 14 October that heavily damaged the airfield’s runways, destroyed half of the CAF’s aircraft, and burned most of the available aviation fuel.

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While the Tokyo express will continue to prolong the fighting, the Japanese advance was stopped and the US will start its long campaign toward Japan. Radar has forced the Captain or OTIC to base a greater part of his actions in a night engagement on what he is told, rather than what he can see. The Japanese destroyer was hit repeatedly and blew up and sank within a few minutes. Instead they slammed into U. I would like to point out a little know fact about this battle.