Very interesting. Note reported enemy losses in report:
1. The cruiser task force of which BOISE was a member made contact with a force of Japanese cruisers and destroyers off the west end of Guadalcanal Island on the night of 11-12 October, 1942. At 2346, using radar, BOISE opened fire on enemy ships; range about 4500 yards bearing 095° relative. In the ensuing engagement six Japanese vessels - 2CA, 1CL, and 3 DD - were under fire from BOISE and were sunk. Several were sunk before they could open fire. One heavy cruiser, distant about 7500 yards on relative bearing 040°, succeeded in making two hits on BOISE at about 0012, one of which did considerable damage, before being taken under fire by SAN FRANCISCO and SALT LAKE CITY.
This is the battle generally cited as the Battle of Cape Esperance. Rear Admiral Norman Scott was in command of the USN force, Rear Admiral Goto of the Japanese forces. Admiral Goto was killed in this battle.
Japanese actual losses:
IJN DD Fubuki (USN gunfire)
IJN CA Furutaka (USN gunfire and torpedo)
IJN DDs Murakumo and Natsugumo were heavily damaged by aircraft from Henderson Field the morning after the night battle and scuttled.
Fog of war, eh?
Absent comrades (sound of breaking glass)