The Battle of Guadalcanal

Historical Events

  • 1942-08-07 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Island
  • 1942-08-09 Vice-Adm Mikawa lands at Guadalcanal, Solomon Island
  • 1942-08-23 1st US flights to land on Guadalcanal
  • 1942-09-12 Battle of Edson's Ridge begins at Guadalcanal
  • 1942-09-13 Battle of Edson's Ridge (2nd Japanese assault) at Guadalcanal
  • 1942-09-14 Battle of Edson's Ridge (Japanese assault) at Guadalcanal
  • 1942-09-15 US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-09-30 Admiral Chester Nimitz's B-17 finds Guadalcanal using National Geographic map

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1942-10-08 Fight at Matanikau, Guadalcanal (John Hersey-Into the Valley)
  • 1942-10-11 -Oct 12] Naval battle at Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal
  • 1942-10-14 Japanese battleship strikes Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
  • 1942-10-25 Battle of Henderson Field Guadalcanal begins
  • 1942-10-26 Second day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
  • 1942-11-12 WWII Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands
  • 1942-11-13 Chaotic "sea battle of Friday the 13th" at Guadalcanal
  • 1942-11-14 -Nov 15th) Japanese/US sea battle at Savo-Island in Guadalcanal
  • 1942-11-30 -Dec 1st: Sea battle at Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal
  • 1943-01-13 US infantry captures Galloping Horse Ridge, Guadalcanal
  • 1943-01-14 World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal
  • 1943-01-23 Japanese Mount Austen on Guadalcanal captured
  • 1943-01-29 New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal
  • 1943-02-09 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ending the epic World War II battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

1943-04-18 Operation Vengeance: US Army Air Force P-38G fighter aircraft from Kukum Field on Guadalcanal ambush and shoot down the transport bomber aircraft of Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy and mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor attack

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USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
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Famous Birthdays

  • 1888-05-11 Willis Augustus Lee, American World War II admiral (Guadalcanal) and sport shooter (5 Olympic golds 1920), born in Natlee, Kentucky (d. 1945)

Person of interestAlexander Patch

1889-11-23 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona (d. 1945)

US WWII General Alexander Patch
US WWII General
Alexander Patch
  • 1904-12-24 Herbert D. Riley, US Navy vice-admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa), born in Maryland, United States (d. 1973)
  • 1910-07-04 Francis D. Foley, US Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • 1942-11-13 Daniel J. Callaghan, US Admiral (Medal of Honor) dies during the Battle of Guadalcanal at 52
  • 1942-11-13 Norman Scott, US admiral (at Guadalcanal), dies
  • 1945-08-25 Willis Augustus Lee, American World War II admiral (Guadalcanal) and sport shooter (5 Olympic golds 1920), dies of a heart attack at 57 while being ferrying him out to his flagship USS Wyoming off the coast of Maine

Person of interestAlexander Patch

1945-11-21 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), dies of pneumonia at 55

US WWII General Alexander Patch
US WWII General
Alexander Patch
  • 1999-11-08 Francis D. Foley, American Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), dies at 89

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