Lost at Guadalcanal

The Final Battles of the Astoria and Chicago as Described by Survivors and in Official Reports

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About the Book

The dramatic account of two American warships in the South Pacific, this book follows the USS Astoria (CA–34) and USS Chicago (CA–29) during the late summer of 1942, when both participated in the early days of the critical battle for Guadalcanal. Drawing on a variety of firsthand accounts, some previously unpublished, the book tells the story from the perspective of the men aboard each ship, transporting readers inside the gun turrets, behind the lookout binoculars, and below deck as the battle rages. Individual stories of heroism, sacrifice and survival unfold as both vessels meet their fates in the South Pacific.

About the Author(s)

Retail developer John J. Domagalski lives in the Chicago area. His articles have appeared in World War II History Magazine.

Bibliographic Details

John J. Domagalski
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 47 photos, diagrams, maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5897-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6007-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface      1

PART ONE: ON THE ROAD TO WAR

1. Treaty Cruisers      5

2. Early Days      10

3. New Hands      22

4. Early Operations      27

PART TWO: GOING TO GUADALCANAL

5. Gathering Forces      33

6. Veterans      38

7. Rendezvous at Koro      43

8. The Voyage      46

9. Approach and Landing      51

10. Air Attacks      59

11. August Eighth      64

PART THREE: A NIGHT OFF SAVO ISLAND

12. Unheeded Warnings      75

13. Night Dispositions      79

14. The Enemy Arrives      84

15. A Torpedo Finds the Chicago      89

16. The Battle Moves North      95

17. Captain Greenman at the Helm      103

18. Below Deck      106

19. The Battle Continues      110

20. Escape      117

21. Help at Last      127

22. Commander Shoup at the Stern      135

23. The Fight to Save the Astoria      144

24. Abandon Ship!      152

25. Survivors      158

PART FOUR: THE FINAL VOYAGE OF THE CHICAGO

26. Stateside      169

27. Return to Guadalcanal      174

28. The Last Battle of the Chicago      178

29. Rescue      189

Epilogue: The Voyage Continued      199

Chapter Notes      207

Bibliography      217

Index      221

Book Reviews & Awards

“an absorbing and poignant narrative”—Nautical Research Journal.