For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts

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For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts

Format:  Hardcover,

349 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Jan 2013

ISBN-13: 9780312681890

ISBN-10: 0312681895

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In "For Crew and Country," John Wukovits tells of the most dramatic naval battle of the Pacific War and the incredible sacrifice of the "USS Samuel B. Roberts."

On October 25, 1944, the "Samuel B. Roberts," along with the other twelve vessels comprising its unit, stood between Japan's largest battleship force ever sent to sea and MacArthur's transports inside Leyte Gulf. Faced with the surprise appearance of more than twenty Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers, including the "Yamato," at 70,000 tons the most potent battlewagon in the world, the 1,200-ton "Samuel B. Roberts" turned immediately into action with six other ships. Captain Copeland marked the occasion with one of the most poignant addresses ever given to men on the edge of battle: "Men," he said over the intercom, "we are about to go into a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected."

The ship churned straight at the enemy in a near-suicidal attempt to deflect the more potent foe, allow the small aircraft carriers to escape, and buy time for MacArthur's forces. Of 563 destroyers constructed during WWII, the "Samuel B. Roberts "was the only one sunk, going down with guns blazing in a duel reminiscent of the Spartans at Thermopylae or Davy Crockett's Alamo defenders. The men who survived faced a horrifying three-day nightmare in the sea, where they battled a lack of food and water, scorching sun and numbing nighttime cold, and nature's most feared adversary--sharks.

The battle would go down as history's greatest sea clash, the Battle of Samar--the dramatic climax of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Jan 2013
ISBN-13: 9780312681890
ISBN-10: 0312681895
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 349
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25

Chapter outline

List of Maps
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Formation of a Crew
You Are Now a Member of a Great Fighting Team
The Ship "Looked Awful Damn Small
Our War Began
In the Pacific
We Are Doing Something for the War Effort
We Were Not to Be Trifled With
The Battle
We Weren't Supposed to Have No Surface Engagement!
Look at That Little DE Committing Suicide
Boys, Take Off Your Hats. There Goes a Good Ship
Such a Helpless, Useless Feeling
Samar's Aftermath
They Did Not Die in Vain
A Bond That Will Stand All Time
Chronology
List of the Crew
Notes
Sources
Index

Book description

In For Crew and Country, John Wukovits tells of the most dramatic naval battle of the Pacific War and the incredible sacrifice of the USS Samuel B. Roberts.

On October 25, 1944, the Samuel B. Roberts, along with the other twelve vessels comprising its unit, stood between Japan's largest battleship force ever sent to sea and MacArthur’s transports inside Leyte Gulf. Faced with the surprise appearance of more than twenty Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers, including the Yamato, at 70,000 tons the most potent battlewagon in the world, the 1,200-ton Samuel B. Roberts turned immediately into action with six other ships.

Captain Copeland marked the occasion with one of the most poignant addresses ever given to men on the edge of battle: “Men,” he said over the intercom, “we are about to go into a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected.”

The ship churned straight at the enemy in a near-suicidal attempt to deflect the more potent foe, allow the small aircraft carriers to escape, and buy time for MacArthur’s forces. Of 563 destroyers constructed during WWII, the Samuel B. Roberts was the only one sunk, going down with guns blazing in a duel reminiscent of the Spartans at Thermopylae or Davy Crockett’s Alamo defenders. The men who survived faced a horrifying three-day nightmare in the sea, where they battled a lack of food and water, scorching sun and numbing nighttime cold, and nature’s most feared adversary—sharks.

The battle would go down as history's greatest sea clash, the Battle of Samar—the dramatic climax of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

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