Battle of Tassafaronga
As flagship of TF 67, Minneapolis sortied November 29, to intercept a Japanese force attempting to reinforce Guadalcanal. The next night, she spotted six Japanese ships and the battle of Tassafaronga was opened by her 8-inch fire. ... Within 2 minutes, she had sunk an enemy transport; and her second group of four salvos, with those of another cruiser, sank a second enemy ship. ... Now, a second group of Japanese warships, which had been giving distant cover to the transport groups, entered the action, and Minneapolis took two torpedo hits, one on the port bow, the other in her number two fireroom, causing loss of power and severe damage: her bow was gone back to the chain pipes, her port side badly ruptured, and two firerooms open to the sea. ... Forty-one crewmembers died in the battle.