Saturday, October 27, 2012

Underway for Nouméa

On this date in 1942, my dad's ship, Vestal, received orders to sail to Nouméa, New Caledonia. His repair ship will arrive on the 31st, in time to begin repairs to ships damaged in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on the 26th. The battleship South Dakota and the carrier Enterprise, 2 of the most heavily damaged ships, will be waiting for repairs.

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