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NAVAL BATTLE of GUADALCANAL
( Nov. 12-15 1942 )



American Units and Participants



COMSOPAC: Noumea, New Caledonia, Adm. William Halsey, Commander in Chief
TASK FORCE 67 RAdm Richmond Kelly Turner
Task Group 67.1 Transport Division 67.1 (Capt. Ingolf N. Kiland) AP-10 McCAWLEY AP-40 CRESCENT CITY AP-38 PRESIDENT ADAMS AP-37 PRESIDENT JACKSON Task Group 67.4 (Radm Daniel J. Callaghan) CA-38 SAN FRANCISCO Cruiser Division 4 CA-24 PENSACOLA* CA-33 PORTLAND CL-50 HELENA CLAA-52 JUNEAU DD-599 BARTON DD-436 MONSSEN Destroyer Division 10 (Cdr Thomas M. Stokes) DD-376 CUSHING DD-459 LAFFEY DD-407 STERETT DD-450 O'BANNON DD-373 SHAW DD-433 GWIN* DD-379 PRESTON* DD-484 BUCHANAN added 02/06/2010 *Detached November 12 to join Task Force 16 Task Group 62.4 (Radm Norman Scott) CLAA-51 ATLANTA Destroyer Division 12 DD-483 AARON WARD DD-445 FLETCHER DD-487 LARDNER DD-488 McCALLA Attack Cargo Ships AKA-53 LIBRA AKA-28 BETELGEUSE AP-9 ZEILIN
TASK FORCE 16 RAdm Thomas C. Kinkaid
CV-6 ENTERPRISE Air Group 10 VF-10 VB-10 VS-10 VT-10 Cruiser Division 5 (Radm Howard H. Good) CA-26 NORTHAMPTON CLAA-53 SAN DIEGO Destroyer Squadron 2 (Capt. Harold R. Holcomb) DD-361 CLARK DD-411 ANDERSON DD-410 HUGHES Destroyer Division 4 (Cdr Arnold E. True) DD-417 MORRIS DD-413 MUSTIN DD-414 RUSSELL
TASK FORCE 64 RAdm Willis A. Lee
Battleship Division 6 BB-56 WASHINGTON BB-57 SOUTH DAKOTA Destroyer Screen DD-416 WALKE DD-397 BENHAM
TASK FORCE 63 RAdm Aubery W. Fitch
Cactus Air Force (Bgen Louis E. Woods) VT-8 67th Pursuit Squadron 339th Fighter Squadron 11th Heavy Bomb Group Marine Air Group 14 (LtCol Albert D. Cooley) VMF-112 VMF-121 VMF-122 VMSB-131 VMSB-132 VMSB-141 VMSB-142 VMF-212 VMO-251 Marine Air Group 25 (LtCol Pelly K. Smith) VMJ-152 VMJ-253







Japanese Units and Participants


Combined fleet Adm Isoroku Yamamoto (at Turk)
Advance Force (VAdm Nobutake Kondo in Atago)
Raiding Group (VAdm Hiroaki Abe) Battleship Division 11 (BB) HIEI (BB) KIRISHIMA Destroyer Squadron 10 (RAdm Susumu Kimura) (CL) NAGARA (DD) AKATSUKI (DD) AMATSUKAZE (DD) IKAZUCHI (DD) INAZUMA (DD) TERUZUKI (DD) YUKIKAZE Sweeping Unit (RAdm Tamotsu Takama) Destroyer Squadron 4 (DD) ASAGUMO (DD) HARUSAME (DD) MURASAME (DD) SAMIDARE (DD) YUDACHI Patrol Unit (Capt Yasuhide Setoyama) Destroyer Division 27 (DD) SHIGURE (DD) SHIRATSUYU
Main Body (VAdm Nobutake Kondo)
Bombardment Unit (CA) ATAGO (CA) TAKAO Sweeping Unit (RAdm Shintaro Hashimoto) Destroyer Squadron 3 (CL) SENDAI (DD) AYANAMI (DD) SHIKINAMI (DD) URANAMI
Carrier Support Group (VAdm Takeo Kurita)
Supporting Unit Battleship Division 6 (BB) KONGO (BB) HARUNA (CA) TONE Air Striking Unit (RAdm Kakuji Kakuta) Carrier Division 2 (CV) JUNYO (CVL) HIYO Screening Unit 4-8 destroyers
Outer Seas Forces (VAdm Gunichi Mikawa CinC 8th Fleet)
Support Group (VAdm Gunichi Mikawa) Main Unit (CA) CHOKAI (CA) KINUGASA (CL) ISUZU (DD) ARASHIO (DD) ASASHIO Bombardment Unit (RAdm Shoji Nishimura) (CA) SUZUYA (CA) MAYA (CL) TENRYU (DD) KAZAGUMO (DD) MAKIGUMO (DD) MICHISHIO (DD) YUGUMO
Reinforcement Group (RAdm Raizo Tanaka)
Escort Unit Destroyer Squadron 2 (DD) HAYASHIO (DD) AMAGIRI (DD) KAGERO (DD) KAWAKAZE (DD) MAKINAMI (DD) MOCHIZUKI (DD) NAGANAMI (DD) OYASHIO (DD) SUZUKAZE (DD) TAKANAMI (DD) UMIKAZE Transport Unit ARIZONA MARU BRISBANE MARU CANBERRA MARU HIROKAWA MARU KINUGAWA MARU KUMAGAWA MARU NAKO MARU NIAGARA MARU SADO MARU SHINANOGAWA MARU YAMAURA MARU YAMATSUKI MARU
Land-Based Aircraft (VAdm Jinichi Kusaka)
11th Air Fleet (at Rabaul) 25th Air Flotilla 26th Air Flotilla
Advance Expeditionary Force (VAdm Teruhisa Komatsu) (CinC 6th Fleet, at Turk)
Patrol Group I-15 I-16 I-17 I-20 I-24 I-26 I-122 I-172 I-175 RO-34 Scouting Group I-7 (off Santa Cruz) I-9 (off San Cristobal) I-21 (off Noumea) I-31 (off Suva)



"I mourn the many sacrifices;
Beneath the moon
Stretches a sea at whose bottom
Lie many ships"
Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto



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Special Thanks to
Patrick R. Osborn
Gibson B. Smith
at the
National Archives and Record Administration
Modern Military Records (NWCTM)
Textual Archives Services Division
for their assistance in locating the action report and war diaries.





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