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A recognition riched deserved and long overdued
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
When you hear the word 'Guadalcanal', your mind immediately goes to the 1st Marine division.
What those Marines accomplished during those months of starvation, dieseas, IJN nightly bombardments, lousy rations and several die-hard attempts by the Japanese to retake the airfield, is nothing short of astounding.
But in the process, we have completely overlooked the Navys contribution in the battle. After that disastrous battle of the battle at Savo Island the Navy pulled back, along with most of the Marines supplies of ammo, food, medicine and toiletpaper.
But that was not the Navy's final act in the Guadalcanal campaign. During those grueling months from august to november 1942, the Navy was embroiled in no less than five heavy night-time gun battles with the Japanese navy.
In the early 30's, the Navy department decided to suspend all night-time drills in order to save money, while the Japanese Navy on the other hand, put a lot of money and resources in perfecting their night-fighting techniques.
The first time the Navy learned how skilled the Japanese truly were at night-fighting was on the night of august 8-9, 1942, during that fateful battle of Savo Island.
But gradually, the Navy adapted and managed to drive the Japanese Navy back.
However, there's one thing you should note, for every Marine that died on the Island, 5 sailors died in the Ironbottom Sound.
This is the part of the Guadalcanal campaign that has for the most part been overlooked. Those sailors that died in the Ironbottom Sound deserves to have their story told.