Naval Operations off Bougainville - 31 Oct-2 Nov 1943
View of U.S. Destroyers EDISON, SCHROEDER, SPENCE, and FOOTE at Norfolk, Spring 1943.
USS Denver in a South Pacific harbor, circa 1943.
USS Montpelier (CL-57) enters Havannah Harbor, Efate, New Hebrides, as seen from USS Columbia (CL-56) on 22 April 1943.
USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570) Underway in the vicinity of the Solomon Islands on 23 March 1944, photographed from USS Montpelier (CL-57).
USS Thatcher (DD-514) underway in Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 28 February 1943.
Japanese cruiser Haguro, c. 1931
USS Charles Ausburne receiving mail by highline from USS Columbia (CL-56), while steaming in the Solomon Islands, 27 September 1943.
Rear Admiral Aaron S. Merrill (left), working with a maneuvering board on USS Montpelier, during operations in the Solomon Islands, 23 December 1943. Captain W.D. Brown is also present.
Captain Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Commander Destroyer Squadron 23 (seen in profile, left center), reading on the starboard bridge wing of his flagship, USS Charles Ausburne (DD-570), during operations in the Solomon Islands in 1943-1944.
Captain Arleigh A. Burke, Commander Destroyer Squadron 23 (seated, right center) with other officers of the squadron.
Japanese captain Tameichi Hara, a destroyer squadron commander who flew his flag on Shigure during the battle.
After 6"/47 gun turrets of USS Columbia firing during the night bombardment of Japanese facilities in the Shortlands that covered landings on Bougainville. November 1, 1943.
A Japanese plane plunges into the sea ahead of USS Columbia as she steams in column with other cruisers during the attack on Bougainville, 1-2 November 1943.
Aircraft of the USAAF 3rd Bomb Group attack Japanese ships in Simpson Harbor, 2 November 1943. The heavy cruiser Haguro is in the foreground. She had been somewhat damaged during the battle of Empress Augusta Bay the previous night.
Rear Admiral Aaron S. Merrill, USN Receives the Navy Cross medal from Vice Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch, in ceremonies held on the after deck of USS Montpelier (CL-57), 11 December 1943. Probably taken in Tulagi Harbor, Solomon Islands.
USS Cleveland in floating drydock ABSD-1, at Aessi Island, off Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 12 January 1944.
Navy Unit Commendation letter, signed by Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, circa 1944. It commends Cruiser Division Twelve and the crews of the division's cruisers -- USS Cleveland (CL-55), USS Columbia (CL-56), USS Montpelier (CL-57) and USS Denver (CL-58) -- for their performance in the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, on 2 November 1943.