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Under His Wings: Today in World War II History
Destroyers USS Selfridge (bow shot off) and USS O'Bannon at New Caledonia for repairs after Battle of Vella Lavella (US Navy photo) On Oct. 6, 1943: Naval Battle of Vella Lavella: US fails to prevent evacuation of island; US and Japanese each lose 1 destroyer; last surface engagement in Solomons, last clear-cut naval victory for Japanese.