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During the night of October 6, 1943 part of a destroyer force was sent to rescue the remaining Japanese from Horaniu on the northern tip of Vella Lavella Island. The force included destroyer-transports: Fumizuki, Matsukaze, and Yūnagi escorted by six destroyers: Akigumo, Isokaze, Kazagumo, Yūgumo, Shigure and Samidare. At 11:30pm, the Japanese force spotted three U. S. Navy (USN) destroyers: USS Selfridge (DD-357), USS Chevalier (DD-451) and USS O'Bannon approaching from Vella Gulf. During the Naval Battle of Vella Lavella, Yūgumo was hit and sunk. USS Chevalier (DD-451) was hit by a torpedo and sunk. Both USS O'Bannon and USS Selfridge were damaged. The battle was considered a Japanese victory as they sustained less damage and were able to complete their evacuation mission.
On June 2-4, 1944 departed on a troop transport run to Biak, serving as an escort, but the run was aborted when detected by Allied aircraft, and diverted to Sorong.
On June 8, 1944, attempted the troop transport run for Biak and was attacked by B-25 Mitchells. Engaged Allied cruiser-destroyer group. Afterwards, withdraws to Sorong then Batjan before arriving at Davao on June 12, 1944.
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