Japanese Forces

Destroyer Squadron 4, part of 2nd Fleet

Destroyer Division 2

  • Captain Masao Tachibana
  • DD Murasame (flagship)(flagship) (sunk)(sunk)
    Commanding officer: Lt. Cmdr. Youji Tanegashima

Destroyer Division 4

  • DD Minegumo (sunk)(sunk)
    Commanding officer: Lt. Cmdr. Yoshio Uesugi

American Forces

Task Force 68
  • Rear Admiral "Tip" Merrill
  • Montpelier (CL-57) (flagship)(flagship)
  • Cleveland (CL-55)
  • Denver (CL-58)
  • Conway (DD-507)
  • Cony (DD-508)
  • Waller (DD-466)


  • Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945 by J. Rohwer & G. Hummelchen
  • A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1941-1945 by P. Dull
  • U.S. Warships of World War II by P. Silverstone
  • "Long Lancers" by Allyn D. Nevitt, at the Nihon Kaigun website