Wilhelmina Mountains is a mountain range in the district of Sipaliwini in central Suriname. It extends about 113 km (70 mi) from west to east. The "Devils Egg" is the rock formation pictured at on one of its peaks. A 12 day hike will allow you to see it in person.
75 years ago today, the destroyers USS Blue (DD-387) and USS Henley (DD-391) were escorting a pair of cargo ships in Savo Sound off Guadalcanal. Caught by the Japanese Shiratsuyi-class destroyer Kawakaze at 03:59 on the morning of the 22nd, USS Blue was torpedoed from a distance of about three miles, shattering her stern and destroying her propulsion machinery. With 9 dead and 21 wounded, the ship would remain afloat until scuttled after dark on the night of the 23rd. Kawakaze had previously assisted in the sinking of USS Pope (DD-225), HMS Encounter, and HMS Exeter during the Second Battle of the Java Sea in March. -- USS Blue is shown outboard of her sister USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) in this Mare Island photo from April 1942. Both Bagley-class destroyers served as radar pickets during the Battle of Savo Island, but did not detect Admiral Mikawa's cruiser force approaching due to a misunderstanding of their radar's capabilities. -- Along with Blue, Henley would not see the end of the war; she would be torpedoed by IJN submarine Ro-108 off New Guinea, 21 September 1943. The only other sister to be lost from the 8-ship class was USS Jarvis (DD-393), actually the first to be lost. Torpedoed by Japanese aircraft just after the Operation Watchtower landings, Jarvis attempted to head for repairs on the night of 8 August, steaming past both Blue and Mikawa's cruisers on her way out. Though the latter fired on her, she escaped; mistaken for a cruiser, she was hunted down the next day by 11th Air Fleet aircraft from Rabaul. A force of 31 planes split the ship in two by 13:00, killing all 223 aboard.