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Timeline Event:

Oct 06, 1943

In the night Battle of Vella Lavella, USS O’Bannon (DD 450), USS Chevalier (DD 451), and USS Selfridge (DD 357) intercepted 9 Japanese destroyers en route to Rabaul after evacuating the garrison on Vella Lavella Island. During the battle, the Japanese destroyer Yugumo was sunk. All the U.S. destroyers were damaged, with Chevalier being scuttled by USS LaVallette (DD-488) due to damage.

Theater:  Pacific Theater

ItemType:  Event

Source:  Naval History & Heritage Command

Date Added: 2010-10-06

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