An officer in Turret Two of the heavy cruiser Chicago (CA-29) looks back 60 years to August 1942, when Japanese cruisers and destroyers blew off 40 feet of his ship's bow and killed or wounded 26 of his shipmates.
We sighted the masts on the horizon, then the ships—cargo ships, transports, destroyers, cruisers, and the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV-6)—more than I had ever seen. The Anzac (Australia-New Zealand Army Corps) Squadron took its place in the screen. It was good to be part of a U.S. Navy task force and operate with U.S. flag hoists again.
Four days later, we went to battle stations about midnight. This was good, because it gave us something to do. All through the ship you could feel the tension and excitement. We couldn't have slept anyway, and the waiting alone in our bunks might have made us afraid.
Savo Island: The Worst Defeat
By Captain George William Kittredge, U.S. Navy (Retired)