Were the 2nd Destroyer Division
ships mistaken for the cruisers?
At the outbreak of World War II hostilities, he was attached to Destroyer Division
66, employed in anti-"U-Boat" operations in the Atlantic and Caribbean areas.
Prior to World War II, he served aboard USS Henderson (AP 1) and as division disbursing officer for Mine Division 1 and Destroyer Division
92) During the battle, Burke's two destroyer divisions
won a decisive victory over five destroyers attempting to reinforce the Japanese garrison on Buka.
He evokes some of the exhilaration of high-speed destroyer shiphandling in fleet operations, at a time when destroyer divisions
maneuvered at a standard distance of five hundred yards and were constrained by nothing except gross tonnage and the occasional floating mine.