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didn't see them, but we picked up one of their aviators who had
run out of gas.
"It was thirteen minutes before midnight when the Salt Lake
City and the other American cruisers opened fire on the leading
lap destroyer. The Salt Lake City was firing at such close
range that it had to depress some of its guns and its hot shells
whistled between the masts of an American destroyer caught in
"We think 'Uncle lim' Brewer, 'Georgie Porgie' O'Connell
and 'Ace' Ramsay are the best gunners in the world. They had
been training their guns together for two years and on this oc-
casion they were as cool and efficient as if they were at a
"The first victim was an enemy light cruiser, illuminated
by star shells. The ten guns of the Salt Lake City barked simul-
taneously and ten big fingers of fire and metal jabbed the
enemy in vital parts. The order to cease fire came immediately
as the enemy ship was ablaze and there was no sense in wasting
"The second target for the Salt Lake City was a heavy
cruiser. We sat there waiting for her to come up. Nobody was
excited. lt was like waiting for a cockroach to come across the
table, we knew we could step on her any time we wanted to.
The Salt Lake City stepped with two salvos, twenty shots, blow-
ing up the enemy's whole midsection.
"The third victim was an auxiliary. The Salt Lake City and
her companions pounced and she went down by the bow, stern
up. The fourth was a destroyer, one of three that had launched
a torpedo attack. The Salt Lake City gave her one salvo. When
the smoke cleared, nothing was to be seen of the destroyer.
"At 0005, running out of fresh targets, the Salt Lake City
turned again on its first target, the wounded light cruiser and
handed her eight salvos. Large fires and explosions were noted.
"By 00ll, part of the' American task force had vanished in
pursuit of the enemy while the Boise Can American light cruiserl,
directly ahead of the Salt Lake City, was afire and falling out
tok avoid torpodoes.