Callaghan’s Night Action
By Harold Hutchison
Tomorrow will mark the 72nd anniversary of one of the most unsung naval victories in American history. Off the coast of Guadalcanal, an outnumbered, outgunned American naval force held off a planned bombardment by the Imperial Japanese Navy – saving countless Marine lives.
Lead by Rear Admiral Daniel Judson Callaghan, the force of two heavy cruisers, a light cruiser, two anti-aircraft cruisers, and eight destroyers faced off against two modernized battlecruisers, a light cruiser, and fourteen destroyers. The American destroyers were further crippled by a lack of reliable torpedoes.