BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Victory off Guadalcanal

Last week the Japs had a big edge on naval strength in the South Pacific. This week that edge had been whittled down, particularly in the vital cruiser category. As if to answer critics of the Navy , the forces under Vice Admiral William F. ("Bull") Halsey met the Japs and slugged it out. Three bloody days later the Japs were retreating northward from Guadalcanal waters and the Navy had won one of the most satisfactory victories of the war.

The Results. Jap losses: one battleship (the first claimed by the Navy), three heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, five destroyers,...

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