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28 May 1942

New Hebrides
  • A force of about 500 US Army troops moved from Efate to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides to build an airfield in support of the proposed Solomon Islands landings. ww2dbase [Espiritu Santo | CPC]
3 Aug 1942

New Hebrides
  • While approaching the anchorage at Espiritu Santo, destroyer USS Tucker struck a mine amidships and nearly broke in two. Attempts to tow her shallow water before she could sink were unsuccessful and the ship sank the following day. 3 were killed and 3 were missing. ww2dbase [Tucker | Espiritu Santo | DS]
16 Sep 1942

New Hebrides
  • USS Juneau arrived at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides and disembarked survivors of USS Wasp. ww2dbase [Juneau | Espiritu Santo | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Sep 1942
Destroyer USS Laffey (foreground) and cruiser USS Juneau in Luganville anchorage, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 16 Sep 1942. Both ships arrived with survivors of the sunken USS Wasp (Wasp-class). Photo 2 of 4.Destroyer USS Laffey (foreground) and cruiser USS Juneau in Luganville anchorage, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 16 Sep 1942. Both ships arrived with survivors of the sunken USS Wasp (Wasp-class). Photo 4 of 4.
17 Sep 1942

New Hebrides
  • USS Juneau was assigned to Task Force 17 and departed from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides for Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Juneau | Espiritu Santo | CPC]
26 Oct 1942

Photo(s) dated 26 Oct 1942
Troops abandoning ship after the converted luxury liner SS President Coolidge struck two mines while entering the harbor at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 26 Oct 1942. Only 2 men were lost out of over 5,000.
20 Jan 1943

Photo(s) dated 20 Jan 1943
Chester Nimitz and William Halsey aboard USS Curtiss at Chester Nimitz and William Halsey aboard USS Curtiss at
16 Jul 1943

Photo(s) dated 16 Jul 1943
Cruiser USS St. Louis coming alongside repair ship USS Vestal at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides for initial repair of torpedo damage to her bow received in the Battle of Kolombangara, 16 Jul 1943
13 Mar 1944

New Hebrides
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) reached Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides and remained there for 10 days before getting underway for another series of raids on the Japanese middle defense line. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Espiritu Santo | DS]
18 Jun 1944

New Hebrides
3 Jul 1944

New Hebrides

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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