By James D. Hornfischer
“This might be a struggle opposed to overwhelming odds from which survival can't be anticipated. we'll do what harm we can.”
With those phrases, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the team of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts at the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. at the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the japanese army, a tremendous fleet that represented the final desire of a spectacular empire. All that stood among it and Douglas MacArthur’ s susceptible invasion strength have been the Roberts and the opposite small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to cost into history.
within the culture of the number 1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unparalleled portrait of the conflict of Samar, a naval engagement in contrast to the other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable depth the boys, the suggestions, and the sacrifices that became convinced defeat right into a mythical victory.
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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour by James D. Hornfischer