Japanese Forces

  • Rear Admiral Sentaro Omori

Sentai 5

  • CA Myoko (fleet flagship)(fleet flagship)
  • CA Haguro


  • Rear Admiral Hiroshi Matsubara

Destroyer Squadron 3

  • Rear Admiral Matsuji Ijuin
  • CL Sendai (flagship)(flagship) (sunk)(sunk)
Destroyer Division 27
  • Captain Tamechi Hara
    Notes: Aboard Shigure.
  • DD Shigure
    Commanding officer: Lt. Commander Kimio Yamaguchi
  • DD Samidare
    Commanding officer: Lt. Commander Yoshiro Sugihara
  • DD Shiratsuyu
    Commanding officer: Lt. Commander Kuro Matsuda

Destroyer Squadron 2

  • DD Naganami
    Commanding officer: Commander Tsutae Kumabe

Destroyer Squadron 10

  • CL Agano (force flagship)(force flagship)
  • DD Hatsukaze (sunk)(sunk)
    Commanding officer: Commander Buichi Ashida
  • DD Wakasuki
    Commanding officer: Commander Yasuatsu Suzuki

American Forces

Task Force 39
  • Rear Admiral Aaron S. "Tip" Merrill

Cruiser Division 12

  • CL Montpelier (fleet flagship)(fleet flagship)
  • CL Cleveland
  • CL Columbia
  • CL Denver

Destroyer Squadron 23

  • Captain Arleigh A. Burke

Destroyer Division 45

  • DD Charles F. Ausburne (force flagship)(force flagship)
    Commanding officer: Commander Luther K. Reynolds
  • DD Dyson
    Commanding officer: Commander R. A. Gano
  • DD Stanley
  • DD Claxton

Destroyer Division 46

  • Commander B. L. "Count" Austin
  • DD Spence (flagship)(flagship)
  • DD Thatcher
  • DD Converse
    Commanding officer: Commander D. C. Hamberger
  • DD Foote


  • "Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War" by E. LaCroix & L. Wells III
  • "Warship Profile #9, USS Charles Ausburne" by Commander W. Cracknell, USN
  • "The Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy (1941-1945)" by P. Dull
  • "Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945" by J. Rohwer & G. Hummelchen
  • "Japanese Destroyer Captain" by Captain T. Hara
  • "Long Lancers" by Allyn D. Nevitt, at the Nihon Kaigun website