When you sit down for your Thanksgiving event, give a thought to this story from World War Two and the United States Navy. This takes place in the Western Pacific Ocean. There was a naval battle fought off Cape St. George in the Solomon Islands. In that battle, not a single American life was lost for a significant victory. Admiral 31 Knot Burke, a future Chief of Naval Operations, led the US task force. This is a great story. Read your history here.
As Written By: Hans von Spakovsky for Conservative Review:
This Thanksgiving, give thanks for the men and women who put their lives in harms way to keep us safe.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and loved ones, let us remember the American sailors who 73 years ago spent their Thanksgiving fighting a Japanese task force off Cape St. George in the Solomon Islands.
In what could be considered a Thanksgiving miracle, not a single American life was lost — something worth giving thanks for even today.
The Solomon Islands lie to the east of Papua New Guinea and were the site of numerous decisive battles during World War II, including Guadalcanal. On Nov. 1, 1943, the American 3rd Marine Division launched an invasion of Bougainville, some 250 miles southeast of a major Japanese military base at Rabaul, New Britain. The Japanese commanders at Rabaul dispatched a five-ship convoy — part of what was known as the Tokyo Express — with additional army troops to reinforce their air base on Buka Island, just north of Bougainville and evacuate their naval personnel. The convoy consisted of two destroyers and three destroyer-transports.
On the day before Thanksgiving, American Admiral William “Bull” Halsey ordered Captain Arleigh “31-Knot” Burke — who eventually became Admiral Burke, the Chief of Naval Operations — to stop the Japanese reinforcements, using Burke’s five-ship destroyer squadron to intercept the Japanese convoy. Burke had assumed command of 7th Fleet Destroyer Squadron 23 (nicknamed the “Little Beavers”) only a month before. Little Beaver was a reference to the sidekick of Red Ryder, a tough cowboy who was the hero of a very popular Western comic strip that had started in 1938.
When he received Halsey’s order, Burke was hundreds of miles away, taking on fuel at New Georgia Island. The destroyers that made up his small fleet — the Charles Ausburne (Burke’s ship), Claxton, Dyson, Converse, and Spence — had been in almost continuous battles for several months and were badly in need of ……
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