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Admiral Bull Halsey on USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62), December 1944

Admiral Bull Halsey on USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62), December 1944

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Adm. William F. "Bull" Halsey was the most aggressive U.S. Navy commander of World War II, the Patton of the Pacific. He was at sea with his Task Force, on the the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6), when Pearl Harbor was attacked 7 December 1941. He returned on 8 December to see the incredible aftermath. He was heard to mutter, "Before we are through with them, the Japanese language will only be spoken in hell."

Halsey was a proponent of the aircraft carrier as the primary naval offensive weapon system and made that belief the key to victory at sea. At the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944, he led the U.S. Third Fleet of 16 carriers and 6 battleships, the greatest naval force ever assembled, to a smashing victory. He was tough and controversial, and a great motivator of his men. Halsey became Fleet Admiral (5 stars) at the end of 1945.

Today in WW II: 25 Oct 1943 American and New Zealand troops land at Mono and Stirling, Treasury Islands, south of Bougainville [25-27 Oct].  More 
25 Oct 1944 First operation by the Japanese Kamikaze Special Attack Force: 55 kamikazes strike 7 carriers and 40 other ships, sinking six, off Leyte, Philippines.
25 Oct 1944 Battle off Samar [Leyte]: US Admiral Sprague skillfully prevents a loss to the stronger Japanese force under Japanese Admiral Kurita.
25 Oct 1944 Battle off Cape Engaño (Leyte): lopsided naval battle resulting in the loss of most of Japanese Northern Force to US Admiral Halsey's carrier planes and battleships [25-26 Oct].
25 Oct 1944 Soviet Red Army enters Kirkenes, the first town in Norway to be liberated from the Germans.
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