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Today in World War II History—Oct. 11, 1942

US sailor W.R. Martin points to scoreboard of light cruiser USS Boise from the Battle of Cape Esperance, 11-12 October 1942; the six Japanese ships claimed overstates actual enemy losses, not uncommon in night battles, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, PA, November 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command).

US sailor W.R. Martin points to scoreboard of light cruiser USS Boise from the Battle of Cape Esperance, 11-12 October 1942; the six Japanese ships claimed overstates actual enemy losses, not uncommon in night battles, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, PA, November 1942 (US Naval History and Heritage Command).

75 Years Ago—Oct. 11, 1942: The Battle of Cape Esperance begins off Guadalcanal: US ships will sink a Japanese heavy cruiser and three destroyers.