From August to November 1942, a series of hard-fought nighttime naval battles punctuated the struggle for the crucial foothold in the Solomon Islands.
“WARNING! WARNING! STRANGE SHIP ENTERING HARBOR.” In Savo Sound at 0146 on the morning of 9 August 1942, lookouts on board the destroyer USS Patterson (DD-392) sighted an unidentified ship to the northwest against the gloom of a rain squall. The Patterson’s captain, Commander Frank R. Walker, immediately sounded the alarm. He notified the cruisers in company, HMAS Canberra and the USS Chicago (CA-29), by blinker light and hoped to reach the destroyer USS Bagley (DD-386), in the darkness to starboard, by TBS radio.