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Tonight -- worst.
It's called the good -- of the Pacific.
-- -- and you were dead especially look for survivors in the war I could use it I could see nothing.
It was America's first ground offensive in World War II the guns -- A lot of yelling and enough to scare anybody believe believe you guy.
Can run them through first and shoot.
What we're -- that's next on war stories.
Good evening I'm Oliver North and welcome to war stories.
We're at the national museum of the Pacific war in Fredericksburg Texas and this exhibit -- as -- the bloodiest campaign as a bulwark so.
-- -- -- I'm Chester Nimitz targeted -- tiny tropical island Solomon's.
For the first American defense of the war he saw Guadalcanal as a crucial stepping stone on the road Tokyo.
But from August 1940 through -- through February 43 Guadalcanal became better known.
As the Gettysburg so as you'll see mistakes were made on both sides what became the longest campaign of the Second World War.
What are -- fighting cost the lives of some 7000 Americans and over 30000 Japanese tonight.
You'll hear from the heroes who fought in the air.
On the ground in the seas around this sweltering green now.
Joe's farm boy from Sioux falls Iowa dreamed of becoming the next Charles Lindbergh.
-- -- -- -- -- I don't know anything bingo I wanna get and the fighters.
John was a long way from Columbus, Ohio and his father's -- it was hell and -- -- -- -- -- Both Japanese.
Richard -- 200 miles from his Pennsylvania home to sign off with the Marines and all of a sudden -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Horrible screaming -- And Franken just graduated from new Jersey's in town high school.
Next thing I know I'm coming up about of that war.
And we had -- -- all around -- That's summer of 42 Joseph -- John Sweeney Mitchell Page and frank Holmgren would just for the 105000.
Boys headed to Guadalcanal.
At the time nearly a million Americans were serving their country overseas.
Back called -- was a time of sacrifice and determination.
Now that the national rubber prices has caught fire -- This is long and we see the car pulling a long long -- tired.
Part of the Solomon -- -- level canal was about twice the size of Long Island New York has been described as a -- pestilence and rotten just -- a volley only human all the time.
I think everybody on -- -- had more.
I always felt like my my clothes and why you like.
It was a night playing on those eyeballs.
Located 6000 miles southwest of San Francisco mirror Australian -- -- seemed an unlikely steppingstone for America didn't turn the tide against the Japanese.
The Japanese use this ironic now Richard Frank is a Vietnam veteran who's written a definitive history.
Why did they pick what -- -- the target for this first offensive operation promote king determine if it was essential.
To the United States -- the offensive in the South Pacific -- determined at a place to go was what I can now because that's when the Japanese were threatening to move down through.
That southern parts of the cut the lines of communications.
Australia New Zealand -- -- -- is our moment to communicate specifically had no intention what's well from launching an offensive deficit.
Mainly because he -- forces were not act that term task king had the ear of course of the presently -- What's remarkable about this is that truly you can say it's one man who doesn't can't.
Admiral -- is king was once described by a junior officers being quote meaner than hell.
And one who inspired respect not love you grew up in tiny Lorain Ohio the son of a -- -- mechanic.
At the age of 63 whose chief of naval operations and a member of the president's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
She was also 57 year old admiral Chester Nimitz is boss.
The two men -- polar opposites and style respected each other and shared a special distrust.
Of general Doug.
-- -- The aftermath of the fall of the Philippines macarthur's precipitous.
Departure from Craig gore is he still revered in Washington's a great leader in early 1942.
It was probably as popular in American history has ever been any.
-- in our history to the American public at the same time in Washington they also recognize that they were dealing with one of the great ego maniacs of American history.
And his judgment was extremely erratic.
And first and very suspect too many people in Washington.
The political stakes were enormous carbon limits and -- had no way of knowing that -- midway.
Virtually destroyed imperial Japanese fleet.
For that victory our navy -- broken the 25 cryptographic code used by the Japanese.
No one was supposed to know about it.
But a day after the battle the Chicago Tribune printed this story and headlines.
Wasn't -- with the government censors and FDR was furious he blamed his longtime political adversary Robert McCormick the Tribune's publisher.
The president ordered attorney general -- hospital to try McCormick for treason.
Punishable by death.
But the navy didn't want -- trial which would disclose our code breaking and refused to cooperate nonetheless the secret was out -- Japanese changed their main operational at the end of may 1942 and again in August 1940 through this -- the -- Shut us out from actual.
Decoding of Japanese messages throughout the entire -- can out campaign.
-- the reality was the Japanese army had never tasted defeat -- the crushed the Americans in the Philippines.
-- -- -- Burma Malaysia Singapore and vulnerable and now their target was Australia.
We begin a systematic seizure of the 900 mile long Solomon -- -- No one knew exactly why.
After that battle of midway American commanders were in sort of three way competition -- to work to do you describe that friction.
-- -- -- -- Pacific believed it was imprudent to work in the offensive operation.
John MacArthur clearly with an idea for season initiative proposed -- -- to revolving Japanese -- in the -- And also one of the -- provided with a couple carriers to support that.
In addition to the carriers MacArthur told king he wanted to take over the first marine division.
It was hotel headquarters in Melbourne he waged a political war against the navy.
Admiral king was adamant that the -- must move.
Onto an offensive he was equally adamant that no carriers.
Subjected -- commander general MacArthur and in fact Anderson the politics that are that by seizing the initiative taking charge of an operational navy would dominate your resources and hence.
The operation -- -- -- MacArthur got no carrier.
But the decision by the Joint Chiefs of Staff was indeed -- -- -- They literally split the commander the solomons along the 150 ninth meridian.
Minutes would get Guadalcanal and its neighboring to logging.
And all island's east MacArthur got New Guinea New Britain.
And island's west.
That we have the time about what the Japanese ahead.
On the phone book and intelligence -- -- shortfalls pan American planning we do not have a good fix on how many Japanese accent like now.
But someone did.
What the Americans didn't know.
Was that a spy network was already in place in this office in 1939.
-- scouts -- coast watchers were coordinated by 27 year old Martin Clemens and his boss Australian lieutenant commander.
Eric felt the room because launching an idea it was it was Phillips.
He thought up this.
Having -- Roche who he realized -- We've never have enough troops.
There and we were learning to use.
Long cooler -- -- him -- there.
Martin Clements -- lived in the Solomon Islands a British district officer years before the war began.
Islands would then a British protectorate.
He's in a sense of two different districts and to the dog's body work for a country -- -- rations.
Area in the -- Learning this the native language.
The Houston Kermit.
The news to Puerto -- -- any length of Metallica music who have gotten to -- the middle.
Mark Clements is or is it truly remarkable individual he maintain himself on what -- can now with the aid of particularly the -- police that they organized.
Up -- -- -- reporting on what was going on.
And later on organized what was an extraordinarily effective intelligence network -- -- Marines make full use out throughout the campaign.
Posted notices what you what to do.
It looked signed up.
Caliber guns don't -- up.
The number of people and we had these traders sense that you care about 400 miles there's two for instances in Switzerland the other.
And that's the important for loves the Japanese -- they could -- Transmissions.
They couldn't find its -- had a -- The simple.
And and then -- -- -- in terms through reports in a strange.
Object on the CEO.
Well on the land one of Clemens 400 scouts -- about 42 year old retired police sergeant major Jacob who's.
He's had plenty is -- -- -- visit him and important to me instead.
From -- services use of justice to -- him.
Australian -- coast watches provided crucial intelligence and Japanese moments to the imperial army decided to wipe out the -- -- One of those they left for dead.
Got his revenge.
That's next on war stories.
Bright lights of new yard.
As they will not be seen again until after this long.
During the summer of 42 blackouts became routine in America even in Times Square.
8000 miles away Martin Clemens and his scouts including Jacob who's.
We're busy in the Solomon Islands gathering intelligence on the Japanese.
-- -- -- -- ahead and vote.
Who's vulnerable to these -- we had spears and narratives.
X.'s -- was due preface written.
And anything on the not -- -- off with a -- and so trees yeah.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Despite the loss of -- have -- And so we'll double motives maybe who -- from the.
And on the ground intelligence estimates put 8000 jungle hardened enemy troops and the two islands.
But the reality -- about 4500 on Guadalcanal.
And a thousand -- logic but the enemy is intent on Guadalcanal was crystal clear.
Martin Clemens -- sending messages about the arrival of the Japanese.
And apparently started to build an airfield on the point.
Quote from the Red Sea lanes and New Zealand and Australia.
As far as America was concerned.
From San Diego 24 year old marine captain John -- shipped out for the first way to protect.
He just didn't know where it was headed.
Beyond this season drew -- from him and ordered.
We didn't know at that time how we were going to be used we were called mobile reserve.
Borrowed a larger force some light sweet 44 year old -- Sargent Mitch page already knew the enemy from his time in China.
May -- my responsibilities.
And many of -- or six feet tall and Manningham over 200.
-- love to run clinics who first and then shoot.
I have to be honest element that -- I want to share with everything that I ever -- -- -- heard about -- saw myself in China.
John Sweeney -- -- page found themselves attached to a hastily assembled new first marine division under major general -- -- -- 55 year old Virginian with a -- withdrawal was given the tough job.
Orchestrating the lands.
General battery grip I think gets high marks for pretty -- how we did and how much times the first marine division had to get ready for -- One of the things about right now which is so.
The borders issue.
For -- -- the landing is on the seventh of August that's five weeks to assemble forces from all over the Pacific the West Coast plan coordinate.
It's just absolutely astonishing height in fact I can't think of any operational comparable size the US is ever mounted.
That is parallel to Guadalcanal.
-- -- -- more than 141000.
Marines geared up and Wellington New Zealand.
This was the jump off point for operational watched out.
It's called for an amphibious assault.
I'm too bloody and Guadalcanal and they going to frantic effort to cut down on -- -- of supplies equipment that's being taken along.
Not that there's that much to begin with -- -- operation to track.
They had to unload ships and -- -- and the -- -- what we called combat load.
We're the ammunition.
When you first off that this problems start with and where the idea of shoestring operation.
-- -- The operation required it to US navy ships with -- -- -- and Douglas -- is providing air cover while the Marines seized the beaches.
Later the army was to come in and relieve the Marines who was an.
Overall community operation vice admiral Robert normally Robert glumly his textbook example of the importance of health.
Rest and recreation -- -- leader.
In March 1942.
And has -- team.
He's -- able to rest.
He -- himself becomes immersed in detail and moves from really being pessimistic to being an absolute -- he also displays egregious judgment.
And not attending initial conference.
For the landing.
We have he'd never came to -- and now.
Levels Nimitz and Jane continued their planning -- and MacArthur -- Melbourne Australia and question the logistics of the entire mission.
This new raged admiral king.
But he didn't give -- -- -- -- another week to prepare.
The waters around Guadalcanal things go from bad to worse for the navy.
That's next on war stories.
82 American ships -- 141000.
Marines from major general archer vinegar personally division steamed toward what -- canal and to life.
The enemy was caught completely off guard.
Why don't the Japanese oppose the way and.
That Japanese garrison on right now is primarily they're constructing airfields.
It's comprised overwhelmingly.
Basically -- Korean laborers.
When the -- show up to first instinct of the commander is that this is this going to be a race.
But ninety miles away to -- it was a different.
-- -- -- stated C well away from the action brigadier general William Rupert has led John Sweeney and 3000 Marines.
Against a thousand Japanese soldiers.
The guns -- -- video.
And enough to scare anybody believe believe you -- -- you guys that was.
Common ones there are really kind of extermination -- to become the hallmark of the later battles in the central Pacific throughout world torture become it was a first.
To encounter opposition usually cost -- -- feel we lost the two officers and one man right there with the the matter.
Thirty seconds -- soon.
For 31 hours 800.
Japanese soldiers fought to the -- Marines lost a 115.
In the navy lost seven sailors.
Went to the Japanese make the decision to reinforce -- and now.
The senior Japanese naval officer -- have -- several Macau.
Decides immediately upon learning that the Americans -- on -- account to -- to counterattack with his service forces.
Group of cruisers and a destroyer.
-- -- tropical night and will be reaching the cows eat -- -- snuck past the American pick.
Patrolling the channel between -- canal and to life.
-- completely unaware of the Japanese were the last one allied ship after another in the battle for several wild things.
Thought we were winning the war.
Like that was on the word nothing -- Elvis.
Has dawn broke on August ninth over a thousand allied sailors -- dead in the depths of what came to be known as iron bottom sound.
One Australian and three American cruisers have been some three other American warships were severely damaged and another 700 sailors and didn't.
The Japanese suffered minimal damage to its fleet and few losses 129 death penalty 85 and it.
The battle assemble island -- is without a doubt the most humiliating defeat.
Never suffered by the United States name.
Knew simply as a story and an incredible series of events of miscalculation.
And bad luck.
Back at his headquarters in Hawaii admiral Nimitz was shaken by the news as it relates to the -- to MacArthur and case.
He didn't understand what went wrong.
How's -- Japanese navy get that close the problem was that the radar sense of 1942 or not relish this as powerful.
As later versions don't fully appreciate the fact that what islands close at hand -- definitely degraded the effectiveness of the radar.
Despite the losses Nimitz and -- remained committed to the operation.
And back on Guadalcanal and scout -- Frozen introduced himself -- -- -- next week.
She's very very close friends and warned them about these islands -- -- it's a tall grass and some places.
I've gone through six feet high you can put thousands of -- and that.
And nobody ever seen it if you hit it the -- -- if it -- your feet or something do you pretty well.
The whole idea if I understand credit is to take.
And make Guadalcanal and two -- unsinkable aircraft here.
Particular survivalist an airfield I'd like challenge to quickly name Anderson field after -- -- -- them anyway.
Engineers worked day and night -- -- in the air field and with the thousand foot room.
The enemy watched it every moon -- -- -- knew they knew her lines we're.
More thrilling -- -- became an analyst -- all Americans alone the -- Japanese on the next.
Magnesium flares drifted over the jungle canopy -- is surreal setting.
The horrific battle for -- ridge next.
-- -- The smoke had cleared from the devastating loss to settle -- We have a lot -- only allowed his flat -- to depart Guadalcanal.
His effort to save three carriers left the Marines without -- -- he creates a precedent.
But the Marines have never forgotten.
And that -- -- is that they should always bring your own airplanes with them because they can't lineup maybe we're we abandon.
Yes I'd have to say that we -- -- Brought.
Think they're right they -- and essence abandoned.
During that time when they took your expression came without.
Effective opposition -- normally you or someone who was very prudent and very reluctant.
To gamble from -- town pennsylvanians Charles Calhoun was at 29 year old lieutenant.
Aboard the destroyer USS there.
He saw a Yemen moto supply convoys and action.
-- -- That's the name that was given -- But our navy to -- force which came down from the island chain to bombard yeah.
Hello from now on almost -- nightly basis.
-- the Marines held on to Henderson field.
Jacob who's who spied on the -- -- -- -- proved to be extraordinarily energetic and effective conducting patrols and providing intelligence information through.
-- -- -- -- -- This is Japanese army colonel do you want to -- August 21 -- -- -- thousand of his imperial soldiers playing the massive counteroffensive.
But the tomorrow river.
-- stumbled upon the enemy was caught by a Japanese patrol.
They found a tiny American flag in his pocket.
That my two favorites.
And business news news lift in the Sun Bowl day.
He told me that -- also abandon him and he showed me this time.
And then -- it left him for dead.
Jimenez true series -- and escape the -- down the road.
-- No -- in me.
Into Japan -- spend.
But those -- refused medical attention until he reported to Clemens he gave me long reports of this crowd.
The rubbed his boots and then give me a message -- his life.
But -- -- it did survive and general -- vigorous Marines were ready for a cheap.
It's -- clearly reflected -- and to which was that Japanese.
Could win over virtually any level.
Material superiority -- numerical superiority by any western power.
About 800 of his 100 troops are killed and just -- engagement occurred much.
And what's the Japanese men.
We believe that you -- commit suicide the Marines suffered the loss of 44 men and 71.
But no one knew that this was just the beginning that this kind of fighting going on for the next six months with GM -- moto thinking at this point.
Well the Japanese still continue to underestimate the number of Americans I'm like now they're thinking it's so basic tribe attack entire -- we'll try division.
So the second effort is -- regiment -- Come into the game one it was best conceived and best educated clearly was calendar issues.
Thrust in September his regiment is comprised primarily of key issue coal miners -- were known for their content Christmas and -- Christmas.
Their commander perfectly reflects that this is the -- that is variously called bloody ridge or instance -- -- had.
The attack on C plan he would of an island overrun the -- will run.
First marine division command post.
Delegates he and his -- had to get the first marine raiders in the first week our -- today.
And their commander -- red light Edson -- slightly.
And he grew -- -- -- veered toward the rim was -- And that we're nicknames garden -- mind.
John Sweeney was their commanding his own rifle company right alongside red Mike and bloody -- that September 13.
By some accounts they were a number six to one.
Anderson field is located.
In the area just behind were the artillery was established for this particular action about a thousand yards.
On this spot on this night some 600 marine raiders and 300.
This particular portion of the airfield.
-- launches three battalions that certainly helps his community openly and -- -- -- -- attack and -- gets lost in the -- give it to flounder around him and their combat is is pretty fleeting that night.
Although it's -- bad have to drive back the initial morning line.
To visualize going through it I think.
One of the fears I had was video darkness falling.
Knowing that something was going to happen right after it's incredibly -- -- gore that ridge it's like you're in your face is almost facing writings to grounder got over so far there was no.
Players flying in the air and we'll -- bridge for a Japanese.
-- -- you illuminate the target.
Two day battle.
In combat was his fears as anything and oversee the troops were or NC particularly.
Other two -- back over the jungle being hit and scream power.
The Japanese kept on -- to defensive position space and finally moved it back to a final little Hilltop.
There with a few hundred Marines he held the final defensive line and probably had a whole campaign and balance at that point.
It's and his Marines managed to hold their ground and saved Henderson field.
Hello Ritchie himself survived but the ridge was being red with the blood of more than 500 it was meant.
A 111 Marines played dead next.
Read like Edson was awarded the medal of and John Sweeney receive the navy cross.
-- Killed that night.
Are the real heroes.
One of the great legends the Marine Corps.
Gets another navy cross.
-- I'll just pull the first major reinforcement that the Marines received like now in the seventh Marines landed on an island in September 1942.
And among them -- and that regiment courses such as people -- Lieutenant colonel just people -- related with 4000 much needed fresh Marines the American forces now stood at 27000.
And pelican island to -- With the Japanese were still there and force some 30000 strong.
Hidden in the jungles courtesy of the Tokyo express.
-- -- the battles raged on a day after bloody -- the carrier USS wasp was sunk by a Japanese submarine.
This time over 2000 sailors were -- but it left the hornet is the only operational US carrier in the Pacific.
-- simply could not effectively lead American forces in South Pacific Nimitz knew he had a leadership problem and October 15.
And replaced warmly as theater commander with the admiral William bull Halsey.
Also took command and had an immediate and dramatic effect on everyone's more out.
He had a meeting with Pendergraph and Pendergraph and one simple sentence at the navy wasn't doing enough to support us.
Now this was like a -- And holes these heart.
Because of the one thing that he could not tolerate was -- notion that the navy was not holding up its -- He promised he would support the Marines and that's exactly what -- did.
Flying planes like this better Grumman wildcat communities -- -- in the -- air force showed the Japanese we.
We also knew how to fight in the air.
That's coming up.
On war stories.
When president Guadalcanal.
Admiral Nimitz decorated a few of the many -- There's just kind of -- -- and -- a marine random attack.
Morale improved dramatically when he came to the island that September of 42 along without limits machine governor Mitch page arrived as a fresh marine.
I felt that I have probably had the best machine to sprinklers overhead and every one of our machine guns were 1917.
-- -- Thirty minutes after he got there a silently.
Everybody was screaming Harry Harry I distinctly -- -- call from planes coming low overhead.
And everybody was shooting and that he was an American plane and -- actually shot one of our own planes now.
The seventh Marines had just arrived they spent all last night's shooting -- But it is learning about jungle noises.
But the Marines learn from the likes of Martin Clemens and Jacob who's.
Page and his 33 man platoon went to live in the jungle.
That his -- we have everything who have been swamped.
These rain storms we sat in the water for days.
And and yet it somehow keep their weapons oil and increased.
-- Those kids that we had -- and -- squadron warm range from Kevin -- this morning through.
Joseph -- went from farm boy to legendary marine base he flew with the MF one when he won and was one of the oldest violence in the Pacific.
-- and myself for that too old gold.
I was running seven.
In every element I was tool -- fighters were stories spoke with Joseph for us shortly before his death.
Joseph how did they they come to called cactus here.
That whether quote.
At this airport.
And thousands of miles there somebody carried it in there you arrive on October ninth was your first -- -- and at thirteen.
They started -- and accurate -- And that de force that sixty.
The wildcats to intercept 32 enemy planes it was warm down on that one -- -- the we've got tired he was you know role full.
Throttle you -- -- -- -- 89.
In eight years.
They're only fifty.
For airplane right off to my left and hold me being an old.
Go for number one.
-- the leaders sort of infusion of block and then as you.
That's when Powell.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Think into the trees and dropped -- -- the last minute before.
The ground what really went through my mind -- provided ever leave the farm.
-- left one point one holds the permanent record of 208 her real victims.
Shall flaws personally achieved 26 kills trying to be reckoned backers World War I -- This earned him the congressional medal of honor.
That's what I'm proud and -- there.
Back in the jungle Mitch page and his platoon were busy fighting another all out offensive.
I would refuse -- and when he for -- -- something.
-- Along that perimeter on a rainy night of October 25 is put to a was deployed on a ridge overlooking your feet in front of -- 2500.
And only at 32 men had no other troops because others were tied up -- -- from Metallica -- this is we're here we're gonna hold its ground.
-- -- gonna work well with the players went off all hell broke lose.
First second and everything laid up all of a sudden you see nothing that bands come and she.
Horrible screams it's that extreme and glad for the emperor and Richard east and is a very -- mind and screen out blood for -- our.
When the second wave hit every Hillary would page became a -- He was now all alone.
I was running and I was the only one on the -- Four hours page field position for the First Lady you'll -- found himself in the sights of a Japanese machine gunners -- -- thirty rounds of this.
There will be time to dismantle some -- for a hands in here that I feel the warmth and mean 51 -- has gone.
Looked around and everything and nobody was moved.
And it was so quiet -- I was in the cemetery and pretty soon scream and Holler and here comes my.
Take a minute.
I miss him and I never -- charge in my life.
Mitch page was awarded the medal of honor for his extraordinary courage.
Stay tuned for more war stories that civil war.
It became obvious that reinforcements had to -- had to simply were no -- mornings available.
-- -- -- -- it kept his promise to general -- The Marines were reinforced -- 3000 soldiers from the 164.
And it save the navy was slowly learning that -- his leadership precipitate some closure naval engagements this leads to.
Policy decides to go out get a -- is in order to strike and strike during the battle our one remaining carrier the USS hornet was torpedo.
Underneath these terrorist -- she joined the remains of fifty ships and crews in the depths of iron bottom sound.
The last of the big name is conceptually what you hear them.
One more big effort to run -- Commonly -- and injury enforcement -- -- are the ones of course of these.
-- were coming in their corner and -- -- Patrick Seaman frank.
Holmgren was a nineteen year old captain totally aboard the USS Juneau.
The cruiser was loaded with 745.
Men including the five Sullivan Brothers from Waterloo Iowa.
Under there aboard pan am one -- -- and my division George France's Madison Joseph and -- -- Sullivan.
Left the family farm to join the navy a day after Pearl Harbor.
Kelly Sullivan -- -- is the granddaughter of the young.
So -- to avenge their friend's -- -- -- he was sun.
Arizona excellent pro harmless fun as a person thought about was -- ball George was the one who -- one stick together we want.
Commission -- ship and they weren't grant that permission George was the one who went back and -- to navy department to get permission.
In the wee hours of Friday November 13.
Holmgren is high school buddy Charlie Hayes were below decks and a torpedo slammed into the number one fire.
It -- -- to my feet and I had to make sure it alive -- and I -- -- a very good swimmer.
-- -- than -- scared to death Joseph.
-- Calhoun was -- -- aboard the USS start looking at the -- through binoculars.
Are probably 3000 yards away from.
And I remarked to myself.
What a beautiful -- -- us.
We -- measured point one knobs and she was keeping -- -- -- I was really wondering how in the world -- joining -- but I couldn't see any damage then another enemy torpedoes struck.
Shipped to -- my face.
I mean big.
Frigid new look the next thing I know I'm in the air actual hole five inch guns.
Fly through the people who were on the bridge bodies.
-- through you and all of a sudden I heard a portion where the -- I said I'm gonna die I'm gonna tiger went down with the -- how far down I went I don't know but I was -- that -- I couldn't see anything.
I especially look for survivors in the water I couldn't see it I could see nothing could be seen some.
Flotsam and I was coming back up -- -- -- were bringing me back up practicing getting right.
And a climate probe and probe whose job it was fuel oil and got all of us -- we script for the sharks.
-- -- -- -- About a hundred sailors survive the explosion including 28 year old George Solomon -- surrounded the flimsy rafts and more men die and.
They went out of -- -- And the fact they were diving off the ship to go down below presents on supplies they -- to shivers down -- And they could get supplies -- the sharks came around aftershocks that.
-- -- -- They know what George did what people are dying left and right George died early -- was he was hurt real bad.
The story goes that can't survive and that he was really -- -- he was looking for his Brothers and he was going from raft to raft with.
-- to people to wash faces because everyone's face -- oil.
He was looking for any of his Brothers.
And that eventually he was attacked by sharks that.
My heart and I think it sounds Brothers and didn't suffer.
Five days after the naval battle of Guadalcanal there were only ten survivors.
And on the fifth day to TVY cavaliers finally -- Together in the airplane the first thing I -- -- the pilot was to find there was.
-- -- at their present your reporting John havens on should not -- government now.
President does not one letter in gave his condolences.
Even Eleanor Roosevelt also wrote a letter to my great grandmother telling her how brave and courageous she lives.
The Sullivan legacy lives up to ships were commissioned with the family name.
The first ship was Sullivan's five point seven my great grandma christened that ship and just two months after she points -- Missing in action.
Kelly christened the second ship in 1995.
The crew of the USS the solomons and the commander Dixon Smith served an operation enduring freedom.
There were all awarded the bronze star for the role in fighting terrorism.
There's more ahead on war stories stay with the Oliver North.
On the Fox News Channel.
Today it's hard to imagine those months of desperate.
Combat in the terrible conditions prevailed on over and around while -- Now for those who -- there it was indeed -- tropical hell.
Cost was too.
But it was -- turning point in a fight with a Japanese.
-- bull Halsey said before Guadalcanal the economy advanced at his pleasure.
He retreated and ours and -- is a war story that deserves to.
And all -- north.
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