World War II Pacific theater in August, 1942.
Pacific Ocean divided up into WWII Allied commands.
Japanese Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa. As commander of the 8th Fleet he exercised overall control of naval forces involved in Operation Ke.
Japanese Rear Admiral Raizo Tanaka, one of the main commanders of the Tokyo Express during the Guadalcanal campaign, but was reassigned about one month before Ke was executed.
Route used by most Tokyo Express missions during the campaign.
Four Japanese destroyers head up "The Slot" at high speed towards the Shortland Islands sometime during the campaign.
Japanese General Hitoshi Imamura commanded the 8th Area Army based at Rabaul.
Japanese Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka exercised overall command of Japanese naval forces in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea theater of operations
Japanese Lieutenant General Harukichi Hyakutake, commander of the 17th Army on Guadalcanal
Japanese Colonel Takushiro Hattori who recommended abandoning Guadalcanal after his visit there in November 1942.
Japanese Colonel Masanobu Tsuji who recommended abandoning Guadalcanal after his visit there in November 1942.
Ryuzo Sejima who, as a member of the Imperial General Headquarters, participated in the decision to abandon Guadalcanal.
Joichiro Sanada who, as a member of the Imperial General Headquarters, participated in the decision to abandon Guadalcanal.
Japanese Field Marshal Hajime Sugiyama who, along with Admiral Osami Nagano informed Emperor Hirohito of the decision to withdraw from Guadalcanal.
Japanese Admiral Osami Nagano who, along with Field Marshal Hajime Sugiyama informed Emperor Hirohito of the decision to withdraw from Guadalcanal.
Japanese Emperor Hirohito endorsed the decision to abandaon Guadalcanal on December 31, 1942.
US Task Force 18 en route to Guadalcanal on 29 January 1943, prior to the Japanese night air attack off Rennell Island.
USS Chicago low in the water on January 30, 1943 during the battle of Rennell Island that occurred during Operation Ke.
Louisville (right) tows the damaged Chicago on the morning of January 30, 1943 before the fleet tug Navajo took over the tow.
The crew of U.S. PT boat PT 65 inspects the wreckage of Japanese submarine I-1 at Kamimbo on Guadalcanal, February, 1943.
Battle area on Guadalcanal, December, 1942 through January, 1943.
Last phase of Battle of Guadalcanal, Jan-Feb, 1943.
Final actions in Battle of Guadalcanal, Jan 26-Feb 9, 1943.
Litter bearers give first aid to two men wounded by grenades while on patrol 10 January 1945.
A dead Japanese soldier on Guadalcanal, photographed January 25, 1943.
Cemetery on Guadalcanal for both Allied and Japanese remains. Photographed in 1945.