The Plight of the Juneau Survivors – Vol. 4 No. 318d.

This Day in the Pacific – 13 November 1942 The Plight of the Juneau Survivors – Vol. 4 No. 318d. The Officer in Tactical Command, Helena’s Captain Gilbert Hoover, did not break radio silence to alert Seventh Fleet of Juneau’s sinking. Hoover’s argument for not doing so made little sense. The Japanese submarine which had fired the torpedo which had …

Deaths of the Five Sullivan Brothers – Vol. 4 No. 318c.

This Day in the Pacific – 13 November 1942 Deaths of the Five Sullivan Brothers – Vol. 4 No. 318c. “We’ll stick together” ~ The Sullivans Seventy-five years ago years ago today, the USS Juneau (CL-52) was sunk by submarine I-26 in the Solomon Sea, south-southeast of Guadalcanal. The Japanese torpedo detonated port-side, amidships, near the cruiser’s forward magazine. Juneau …

Circumstances Surrounding the Loss of the USS Juneau – Vol. 4 No. 318b.

This Day in the Pacific – 13 November 1942 Circumstances Surrounding the Loss of the USS Juneau – Vol. 4 No. 318b.  “Thus, in the end, all mistakes were canceled out by valor…” So ended the night battle on “Friday, the Bloody Thirteenth,” the most desperate sea fight since Jutland and a struggle that recalled the Anglo-Dutch naval battles of …

Dawn Disaster – Vol. 4 No. 318a.

This Day in the Pacific – 13 November 1942 Dawn Disaster – Vol. 4 No. 318a. Thus pass’d the night so foul, till morning fair Who with her radiant finger still’d the roar And banish’d grisly specters, which the Fiend had raised … ~ John Milton, Paradise Regained   Dawn broke on 13 November 1942, to reveal the degree of …

“Friday the Thirteenth” – Vol. 4 No. 318.

This Day in the Pacific – 13 November 1942 “Friday the Thirteenth” – Vol. 4 No. 318. It was now just after midnight on the morning of Friday, 13 November 1942, the last day of life for eight ships and many hundreds of sailors including two rear admirals. At 0124 Helena made radar contact with the enemy formation which appeared …

Night Cruiser Action – Vol. 4 No. 317.

This Day in the Pacific – 12 November 1942 Night Cruiser Action – Vol. 4 No. 317. “Sons of heroes, call forth the steel!”  – Celtic mythology By dusk on 12 November Rear Admiral Norman Scott, the victor of Cape Esperance, flying his flag in Atlanta, and Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan, in San Francisco, were on their own. The …

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (Preliminaries) – Vol. 4 No. 316.

This Day in the Pacific – 11 November 1942 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (Preliminaries) – Vol. 4 No. 316. “My pride in you is beyond expression. No honor for you could be too great.” ~ Admiral William Halsey to the men who fought and died in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. During the night of 11 November 1942, and past …

Battle of Cape Esperance – Vol.4 No.284

The Battle of Cape Esperance, also known as the Second Battle of Savo Island begins on 11 October 1942. The battle was the second of four major surface engagements during the Guadalcanal campaign and took place at the entrance to the strait between Savo Island and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. The US Navy intercepts a Japanese fleet of ships …

This Day in the Pacific – 9 August 1942

Loss of the Jarvis – Vol. 4 No. 222. Destroyer Jarvis (DD 393), damage the previous day is mistaken for an Achilles-class cruiser and attacked by Japanese land attack planes and torpedoed 200 nautical miles southeast of Tulagi, 09°42’S, 158°59’E. Jarvis puts up a stout fight, splashing to of the attacking planes (a third ditch is due to battle damage) …

This Day in the Pacific – 8 August 1942

The Battle of Savo Island – Vol. 4 No. 221. News of the American landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi came as a surprise to the Japanese. Eighth Fleet Headquarters at Rabaul failed to act decisively believing that the Marines would quickly withdraw after destroying the airfield. Nonetheless, Rear Admiral Gunichi Mikawa gathered his diminutive fleet and steamed south to crush …