JAPANESE LOSE 8 WARSHIPS|
Ghormley Reports on Savo Isle Fight
Honolulu Advertiser November 4, 1942
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3....
Secretary of Navy Frank Knox
said today that latest information indicates
that the Japanese lost three cruisers and five destroyers in the Oct.
11-12 night naval battle near Savo Island when a force of American
cruisers and destroyers slugged it out with a similar enemy force.
Knox said that Vice Admiral
Robert Lee Ghormley, former commander of
naval forces in the South Pacific, brought the information with him
to Washington. The Secretary of Navy said it indicated the
conservativeness of Navy communiqués since the announcement of Oct. 13
regarding the engagement said one heavy Japanese cruiser, four destroyers
and one transport were sunk and subsequently two cruisers were damaged.
Know warned newsmen at his press conference against undue optimism
regarding the situation at Guadalcanal in the Solomons.
Capt. Ernest G. Small, skipper of a United States heavy cruiser, is pictured at Pearl Harbor, telling naval officials and newsmen about the battle of "Sleepless Lagoon" in which his ship participated off Savo Island the night of Oct. 11-12. One Japanese cruiser and one destroyer were reported sunk in this engagement, and three other cruisers and four destroyers were believed sunk. "Our salvoes looked like red box-cars going right into the Japanese cruiser," Capt. Small said. (Official U. S. Navy Photo) Source: Honolulu Advertiser, Nov. 4th, 1942
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