Leyte Gulf also saw the first use of kamikaze aircraft by the Japanese. The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Australia was hit on 21 October, and organized suicide attacks by the "Special Attack Force" began on 25 October.
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 2, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Nitze (DDG 94) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transit back to their homeport of Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott & Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Atherton Pittman/Released)
Fleet Admiral William Halsey Jr. (October 30, 1882 – August 16, 1959) was an American fleet admiral in the United States Navy. He was made commander, South Pacific Area and led the Allied forces over the course of the Battle for Guadalcanal (1942–43) and the fighting up the Solomon chain (1942–45). In 1943 he was made commander of the Third Fleet, the post he held through the rest of the war. He was Grand Marshall in 1946.
Ernest Borgnine: In a life that spanned nearly a century, Ernest Borgnine earned a place in Hollywood history as a consummate character actor -- and a place in U.S. naval history with honorable service during World War II.
January 25, 1941 - The keel to USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is laid. Commissioned in April 1944, she serves during the later stages of World War II in the Pacific. She is now a museum battleship stationed in Norfolk, Va.
Navy CDR. Joel Del Mundo Tiu, 49, of Manila, Republic of the Philippines. CDR. Tiu enlisted in 1984 and rose to the rank of chief before he was commissioned as an officer in 1995. He died October 13, 2012, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to Logistics Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Manama, Bahrain. Died as a result of non-combat related injuries.