Edward ‘Butch’ Parker was in the middle of some of the most important naval battles that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In the last of a series, a losing role in an important sea battle of World War II.
By Ron Van Stockum
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 4:00 am (Updated: December 26, 4:01 am)
Rear Adm. Hiroaki Abe was dispatched with two battleships, one light cruiser and 11 destroyers to bombard and destroy the expeditionary airfield newly established on Guadalcanal by the Marine 1st Division. If he accomplished his mission, Japanese transports could land troops to retake the island, unopposed by American aircraft.
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