The Battle of Savo Island
The Battle of Savo Island, also known as the First Battle of Savo Island and known by the Guadalcanal veterans as The Battle of the Five Sitting Ducks, was the first major naval engagement of the Guadalcanal campaign. In 37 minutes, three Allied cruisers were sunk, a fourth was scuttled. One cruiser and two destroyers were severely damaged killing 1,077 American and Australian sailors. The Japanese escaped with minor to moderate damage to their cruisers with 129 Japanese sailors killed. This battle is often cited by historians as the worst U.S. Navy defeat in its history.