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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Washington steered a northwesterly course toward the Russell Islands to draw the Japanese force away from Guadalcanal and the presumably damaged South Dakota. Best not to push guadaldanal incredible luck any further. Phase 1A consisted of shooting at what at first appeared to be shore batteries on Savo Island but later identified as surface craft.

actio It is a sobering reminder that at best, we are only very small chips off of a very big block. They smothered Monssen with gunfire, damaging her severely and forcing the crew to abandon ship.

Washingtona tightly run ship, had fewer problems and sported the new SG radar. Yet some mistakes of earlier night battles were repeated. The system instantly went into series, and the big ship lost electrical power.

Fire ripped through the magazines. Shells were now flying at Washington.

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Lee swung in to attack, his ships racing by blazing hulks and shipwrecked crewmen floating in oily water. First phase 13 Nov: Captain Gatch wrote later: Second phase opening range 6, – 9, yards; illumination by star shells, batteship not add to accuracy of fire. Lee also used more practical tools. Radio commentators on both sides were delirious, too, as they claimed victory.


My Grandfather served on the Frisco. Admiral Kondo was not reprimanded or reassigned but instead was left in command of one of the large ship fleets based at Truk. You are commenting using your Twitter account. After that it was not a matter of if, but of when they would be defeated — and how many lives would be lost accomplishing that goal.

Washington went to general quarters at 5: Henry came alongside at 5: Accordingly, he deployed a six-ship column: Guadalacnal October, the Japanese again tried to recapture Henderson Field by delivering 15, more men—mainly from the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division — to Guadalcanal.

Apparently the recurring urgencies in the South Pacific imposed a haphazard composition for every task force thrown together to meet the enemy. Including the sinking of Juneautotal U. But Hooper, the gunnery officer, had noted when the radar was installed that the antenna had a blind arc of 80 degrees aft.

Perhaps he was also unsure as to how many of his or the U. The Japanese reacted quickly, illuminating South Dakota with searchlights. My dad was on the USS San Francisco during the night Battle of Guadalcanal and he never talked about his war guadalxanal, but my mother told me that he often had nightmares and would wake up screaming in the night. Davis of Washington said Xction Dakota “pulled out” without a word.

Ten minutes later, planes from Enterprise guadalcanwl in, blasting transports and unloaded gear. The picture presented by the SG radar is not a true plan view.

Battleships obtained excellent fire control results using radar range and radar spots, combined with optical instruments.

Those contingents started a fire that sank Brisbane Maru. The Japanese never got better while, after Novemberthe U. An officer on Monssen likened it afterwards to “a barroom brawl after the lights had been shot out”. There is a documentary just completed by a group who dove on the USS Atlanta with amazing footage guadzlcanal interviews of survivors.


Either Nagara or the destroyers Teruzuki and Yukikaze came upon the drifting Cushing and pounded her with gunfire, knocking out all of her systems. During their approach to Guadalcanal, the Japanese force passed through a large and intense rain squall which, along with a complex formation plus some confusing orders from Abe, split the formation into several groups. Nagara tried to tow the big ship home.

South Dakota was in little danger of sinking, but she was virtually useless. Tabular Record of Movement”. Thanks very much for making this available in this format.

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Radar spots were used against the first target while the target echo was present. At length, believing that the way was clear for the transport convoy to proceed to Guadalcanal but apparently disregarding the threat of air attack in the morningKondo ordered his remaining ships to break contact and retire from the area about Washington gun boss Walsh sat ready in the upper conning tower and ordered his gunners to load their inch weapons.

The officer of the deck laconically noted in his log that the tanker E. The destroyer Benham had part of her bow blown off by a torpedo and had to retreat she sank the next dayand destroyer Gwin was hit in her engine room and put out of the fight. All were of different classes and different divisions. Her radar had gone out again. He told me that they could hear the shelling in the firecontrol room and when they were hit, several times, he said the ship lifted and dropped, and they talked to each other about their coming deaths.