Tin Cans Raid Balikpapan

Bernstein, Marc D.
April 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Apr2003, Vol. 129 Issue 4, p80
Conference Proceeding
The U.S. Navy's first surface engagement since 1898 was a destroyer raid against a Japanese landing force off Borneo in January 1942. This Balikpapan action marked one of only a few positive developments for the U.S. Asiatic Fleet and the short-lived American-British-Dutch-Australian Command. The Japanese effort to capture the oil fields at Balikpapan did not come as a surprise. The Pope, John D. Ford, Paul Jones and Parrott were some of the destroyers that raided Japanese shipping off Balikpapan. The battle of Balikpapan was unquestionably a tactical victory for the United States. Four Japanese transports and a patrol boat were sunk at the cost of four wounded men aboard theJohn D. Ford.


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