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Today in World War II History—November 13, 1942

US poster commemorating the five Sullivan brothers who died in the sinking of the USS Juneau in November 1942

US poster commemorating the five Sullivan brothers who died in the sinking of the USS Juneau in November 1942

80 Years Ago—Nov. 13, 1942: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: Japanese ships sink a US light cruiser and 4 US destroyers; US ships and aircraft sink Japanese battleship Hiei and 2 Japanese destroyers.

In Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Rear Adm. Daniel Callaghan & Rear Adm. Norman Scott are killed.

In Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Japanese sub I-26 sinks light cruiser USS Juneau (687/697 killed, including 5 Sullivan brothers).

In a controversial decision, General Eisenhower places Vichy Adm. François Darlan over French North Africa.

WWI ace Eddie Rickenbacker and B-17 crewmen are rescued by US Navy in the Ellice Islands after 21 days afloat.

Japanese battleship Hiei evading bombing, Solomon Islands, 13 Nov 1942; seen from B-17 of US 11th Bombardment Group (US Army photo)

Japanese battleship Hiei evading bombing, Solomon Islands, 13 Nov 1942; seen from B-17 of US 11th Bombardment Group (US Army photo)

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