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 Battle of Kula Gulf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Louis in action at Kula Gulf, seen from Honolulu
The Battle of Kula Gulf was a naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought in the early hours of 6 July 1943, between United States and Japanese ships off the coast of Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands.
On 5 July, Task Group 36.1, commanded by Rear Admiral Walden L. Ainsworth, and consisting of light cruisers Helena, Honolulu, and St.
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 Pacific Naval Battles
Pacific Naval Battles in World War II The Pacific War was the largest naval conflict in history.
The war was fought in every possible climate, from Arctic conditions in the Aleutians, to the appalling heat and swelter of the South Pacific.
Every conceivable type of naval activity was represented: carrier aviation battles, surface engagements, bitterly fought night-fights, the largest amphibious landings of the entire war, and the stealthy, brutal battles waged by and against submarines.
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This Naval Battle of Guadalcanal was long and desperate, two American light cruisers, in one of which Admiral Callaghan lost his Iife, and four destroyers were lost, while two Japanese destroyers were sunk and Hiei prepared for her doom.
The Battle of Kula Gulf (6 July) in which O'Bannon fought with three cruisers and three otter destroyers against ten Japanese destroyers, swept the enemy from the area, though an American cruiser was lost.
The climax of operations in the area was the Battle of Vella Lavella, 6 October, brought on by Japanese attempts to evacuate their troops from that island.
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 Kolombangara biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Almost perfectly round in shape and about 15 km across, the island is a stratovolcano that reaches an altitude of 1,770 meters.
The island forms part of the southern boundary of the New Georgia Sound; to the northwest the Vella Gulf separates it from Vella Lavella and Gizo, while to the southeast New Georgia lies across the Kula Gulf.
Naval battles nearby included the battle of Kula Gulf and battle of Kolombangara.
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 The Wargamer - PC Game Review: Naval Campaigns: Guadalcanal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
At the Battle of Kula Gulf on 5 July 1943, the US lost one light cruiser to torpedoes while sinking two IJN destroyers and disrupting a reinforcement operation.
The Battle of Cape St. George was the last surface naval battle to be fought in the Solomons.
Kula Gulf, Vella Gulf, and Empress Augusta Bay are not included, due to these actions taking place near landmasses not included on the Guadalcanal map chart.
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 The Battle of Vella Gulf   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Kula Gulf and the surrounding waters of the Western Pacific were nicknamed "the Slot." This narrow body of water that stretches between Kolombangara and New Georgia Islands became the route of the "Tokyo Express" - a group of Japanese cruisers and destroyers that made midnight runs up the Slot to resupply the garrison on Kolombangara.
The Battle of Vella Gulf was one of the last and most decisive battles in the Solomons Campaign.
There were several important operational lessons learned from the Battle of Vella Gulf.
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 Nicholas II dd 449
In the early morning hours of the 6th she made eontset with enemy surface vessels in Kula Gulf.
She was later awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for her persevering performance during the Battle of Kula Gulf.
On the 12th and 13th she participated in the Battle of Kolombangara; on the 15th covered the rescue of remaining Helena survivors from Vella LaVella; and on the 16th returned to Tulagi to resume escort duties.
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 1943 - Simple English Wikipedia
February 2 - World War II: In Russia, the Battle of Stalingrad comes to an end with the surrender of the German 6th Army.
February 14 - World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass - German General Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps launch an offensive against Allied defenses in Tunisia; it is the United States' first major battle defeat of the war.
March 26 - World War II: Battle of Komandorski Islands - In the Aleutian Islands the battle begins when United States Navy forces intercept Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska.
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Damaged by aircraft, Battle of Midway, 4th June and sank after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-168, 7th June, 1942.
Torpedoed and sunk by Japanese warships during Battle of Kula Gulf, 6th July, 1943.
Torpedoed by Japanese destroyer Oyashio during Battle of Tassafaronga, 30th November, and sank 1st December, 1942.
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 Photos - Kula Gulf
Today the night battles are not as well known as the naval battles near Guadalcanal but were no less significant to the young men who fought them.
Fishing vessel glides southward into the Kula Gulf between Kolombangara Island (on the left) and New Georgia.
One of mother nature's "aircraft carriers" patrols the Kula Gulf.
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 U.S. Navy - A Brief History of Cruisers
Jan 29-30, 1943 Battle of Rennell Island - Approaching Guadalcanal from the south, Rear Adm. Giffen, commander of Task Force 18, left his tow escort carriers because their slow speed would have prevented him from making a schedule rendezvous with another force and presses on with seven cruisers and six destroyers.
Jul 6, 1943 Battle of Kula Gulf - Around midafternoon on July 5, the Third Fleet learned that a "Tokyo Express" was en route south from Bougainville with Japanese reinforcements for the central Solomons.
After their attempts to repel the landing were unsuccessful, the Germans fought an expert rear-guard action to the north towards the Straits of Messina.
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 Second Battle of Kula Gulf, July 6, 1943, by Vincent P. O'Hara
The American’s had been properly impressed by the flashless powder used by the Japanese and were working to equip their own forces with the same resource.
In this battle Helena was the only cruiser completely dependent upon the old power, which may explain why she caught all the torpedoes -- it was the same principle as the largest blip on the screen -- she was the most visible target.
Amagiri was hit several times during this duel and retired under smoke, leaving Niizuki’s men to their unhappy fate: approximately 300 perished in the warm waters of Kula Gulf.
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 Battle of Kula Gulf -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Battle of Kula Gulf -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
At 01:06 off Kolombangara the task group came into contact with a Japanese reinforcement group of ten destroyers loaded with combat troops, commanded by Admiral Teruo Akiyama.
Amagiri got away and later was the ship that cut (Click link for more info and facts about PT-109) PT-109 in half in Blackett Strait.
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 USS Nicholas World War II Cruise Book
Led destroyer task group into Kula Gulf to bombard Kolombangara Island, B. Led cruiser-destroyer task force into Kula Gulf to bombard Kolombangara Island and New Georgia Island, B. Assisted in repelling an air attack of 125 Japanese planes off Guadalcanal.
Led cruiser-destroyer task force into Kula Gulf to bombard Kolombangara Island and New Georgia Island covered the landing of troops at Enogai Inlet, B. Participated in the first battle of Kula Gulf.
Participated in the second battle of Kula Gulf.
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 Portsmouth Herald Local News: Harbor attack haunts Navy vet
Brown and the rest of the crew were not able to man their battle positions, though they tried.
In a battle of 13 American ships vs. six Japanese vessels, only the Helena was sunk by the enemy.
It was about 2:30 a.m., as Brown recalled, that the battle of the Kula Gulf took place.
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USS Yorktown (CV-5) damaged by aircraft bombs on 4 June 1942 during the Battle of Midway and sunk after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-168, 7 June 1942.
USS Northampton (CA-26) torpedoed by the Japanese destroyer Oyashio on 30 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga and sank on 1 December 1942.
Battle of Kula Gulf, Solomon Islands, 6 July 1943.
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 Advanced Japanese Destroyers of World War II
The Royal Navy would use its night training to devastate the Italian navy at the battle of Matapan in 1941, but then the Japanese would frequently use their night training to devastate both the British and United States navies in 1941, 1942, and 1943.
The supreme achievements of Japanese torpedo and night combat were the battles near Guadalcanal of Savo Island, 9 August 1942, and Tassafaronga, 30 November 1942.
In subsequent battles in the Solomons, the Japanese were without all of their previous advantages, and their reliance on destroyers to carry the brunt of supply as well as combat actions simply meant a terrific attrition in the destroyer force.
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 A Tin Can Sailors Destroyer History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
By the end of September 1942, NICHOLAS was conveying troops and supplies from the forward bases at Espiritu Santo and Noumea to the battles raging on Guadalcanal.
For her actions in the Battle of Kula Gulf, north of New Georgia, up "The Slot" from Guadalcanal, NICHOLAS would receive a presidential Unit Citation, both for rescuing survivors from the stricken light cruiser USS HELENA (CL-50) and for her exceptional performance in leading the American force into the brawl.
DD-449 earned sixteen battle stars for her World War II service, as well as five battle stars for Korea and additional battle stars for her efforts off Vietnam.
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 SKOTFRED.COM - USS Helena (CL-50) Historical Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
And four weeks after Cape Esperance, HELENA was one of 13 Americal warships that fought in the 13 November Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
Challenged by the enemy on the night of 6 July in what history remembers as the Battle of Kula Gulf, HELENA turned her guns toward the 10 Japanese destroyers.
Of the three cruisers and four destroyers in the American force, HELENA became the favorite target of aim for Japanese torpedoes because she lacked flashless powder.
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 MISSOULIAN SPECIAL: A Salute to the Greatest Generation, December 9, 2001 - PART 4
The Helena however, emerged unscathed from the thick of the battle.
According to Morris, "Kula Gulf is a sailor's nightmare, a blind alley, a dead end street."
The speed of the gunners made the Helena an awesome sight in battle, but the constant muzzle flashes also made the cruiser a well-lit target.
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Radar detected the enemy during mid-watch; and during the Battle of Kula Gulf 6 July, American gunfire sank one destroyer and drove another ashore.
Upon arrival, the destroyer was assigned to radar picket duty, from which she performed fighter director duties.
As other units of the fleet were decisively defeating the enemy fleet in the historic Battle for Leyte Gulf, Jenkins continued her services on the picket station until 27 November.
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 CL-48 Honolulu
In the Battle of Tassafaronga at the end of November 1942, Honolulu was the only U.S. cruiser present that was not torpedoed.
During the first half of 1943, she was part of the surface striking forces that spearheaded the push up the Solomons.
Honolulu engaged enemy warships in the Battle of Kula Gulf on 6 July and the Battle of Kolombangara on 13 July.
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 Cruisers Descriptions, Pacific War, 1942
She fought in the Battle of Coral Sea, Midway, Battle of Eastern Solomons, Battle of Tassafaronga, where her bow, 1/5 of her length, was ripped off by a torpedo.
Two weeks later she participated in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal that broke up the determined Japanese effort to disrupt the landing of 6,000 American troops, to bombard Henderson Field, and to land reinforcements.
She fought other battles there and in the opening night of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, 12-13Nov42, her radar first located the enemy.
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 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Obituaries -- Charles Cioffi, 84; survived attack on Pearl Harbor
He never forgot the exploding bombs and billowing fl smoke of Pearl Harbor, where his ship was hit by a torpedo, or the two crew mates who died at his side.
Nor could he erase from his mind the relief and joy he felt in 1943 when he was rescued after his ship sank during the Battle of Kula Gulf in the Solomon Islands.
On July 7, 1943, torpedoes from Japanese destroyers sank the Helena in the Battle of Kula Gulf.
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