: ...with the flattops 2 per, usually, as I'm
: sure you know. Pensacola was deliberately
: sent south for Enterprise --I believe in
: part due to concerns about her gunnery
: capabilities--while the battleships were to
: be brought forward to engage the Japanese on
: the 13th--yes, you read that right, the
: 13th--but the sortie and advance of
: Enterprise was screwed up, so Callaghan
: went in with cruisers and destroyers.
: This business of having Washington and
: South Dakota out of position south of
: Guadalcanal from the 12th seems to be the
: beginning of the 'feud' between Kinkaid and
: Halsey which fully blossomed subsequent to
: Leyte Gulf. Kinkaid was not 'relieved' of
: command by King (or anyone else) in order to
: preside over operations northward. Kinkaid
: requested his own relief since Halsey placed
: him in charge of surface forces (Kinkaid
: wrote the initial plan for TF67 which was
: used by Wright at Tassafaronga) and Kinkaid
: preferred carrier operations. He felt a
: surface command was beneath him.
: As for inventory, cruisers--including
: Achilles and Leander , I would add--were
: all over the place during the last several
: months of '42 and working hard but the
: operational tempo combined with damage and
: sinkings to eat into that inventory such
: that Wichita and Louisville combined
: with the first of the Cleveland s were
: brought out from the Atlantic or from up
: north with Chicago returning to operations
: just in time to be dry gulched off Rennell
: Island (why hasn't Allen found her wreck ?).
: Off the top of my pointed head only
: Indianapolis of the heavies was not brought
: south in this period; she was a lucky and
: happy ship...until '45.
: The surface strike component of TF67--minus
: Helena and a couple of destroyers--was the
: result of Halsey rejuggling his assets after
: the severe losses over the intervening
: months since August, Chester and Salt
: Lake City being damaged in October.
: Minneapolis was at Pearl under repair--the
: immensely popular and highly respected
: Captain Lowry being very active with her
: rudder over the previous 3 months of
: operations...and she required an overhaul.
: New Orleans seeing similar activity since
: the second torpedoing of Saratoga .
: Really, after 1st Guadalcanal, Halsey only
: had 4 heavies and an assortment of light
: cruisers--again, including any 'ANZAC'
: vessels available (I'm not referring to any
: notes on their availability) but mainly
: Helena and Honolulu , the other Brooklyn
: s being up north or in the Atlantic--to draw
: on. And once Tassafaronga passed into
: history you can do the math.
: But, remember, as bad as it was for Halsey
: the situation was absolutely dreadful for
: the Japanese. I don't recall the explicit
: quote--I'd have to look it up--but Halsey
: asserted that he would use absolutely every
: last ship to hold Guadalcanal and boot the
: Japanese off the island so long as he had
: even a single destroyer left.
: And he meant it.
: Randy Stone