Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Still undamaged, Heermann was able to fire through the smoke and rain at nearby targets. It may be argued that the fact that Halsey was aboard one of the battleships and "would have had to remain behind" with TF 34 while the bulk of his fleet charged northwards to attack the Japanese carriers may have contributed to that decision. No battle damage was incurred nor inflicted on the enemy by vessels while operating as Task Force Thirty-Four. Evans then had Johnston rejoin the attack to provide gun support to Commander Thomas' small squadron on their torpedo run. The majority of her nearly survivors were rescued two days later by landing and patrol craft dispatched from Leyte Gulf. Kurita reported that his force had sunk two carriers, two cruisers, and some destroyers, apparently assuming that Yamato had indeed sunk White Plains with her first four salvoes. Indeed, Halsey's original plan for the composition of TF 34 was that it would contain only four, not all six, of the 3rd Fleet's battleships.
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