The Battle Off Samar – Taffy III at Leyte Gulf book (5th Edition) available

Friend Bob Cox, creator of the website, announces that the 5th edition of his “The Battle Off Samar – Taffy III at Leyte Gulf book is available for purchase.  The book is available in both soft and hardcover, xviii + 268 (292 total pages) and electronic PDF format.

Bob’s website:

is dedicated to the men of RADM C.A.F. Sprague’s U.S. Seventh Fleet Task Unit 77.4.3, Taffy III, for action against VADM Takeo Kurita’s Imperial Japanese Navy Centre Force on October 25, 1944. Task Unit 77.4.3 consisted of six escort carriers (CVEs) FANSHAW BAY, ST LO, WHITE PLAINS, KALININ BAY, KITKUN BAY, & GAMBIER BAY, three destroyers (DDs) HOEL, HEERMANN, & JOHNSTON, and four smaller destroyer escorts (DEs) JOHN C. BUTLER, DENNIS, RAYMOND, & SAMUEL B. ROBERTS. They fought the vastly superior Imperial Japanese Navy Centre Force at Leyte Gulf on October 25, 1944, sustaining losses of five warships sunk and nearly all remaining warships heavily damaged; with the high cost of nearly 900 American lives.

Bob indicates that his website

is here to educate the world about the Battle Off Samar and what Taffy III did at Leyte Gulf. I could not have chosen a better topic or a better group of veterans to honor and pay tribute to. Thanks for stopping by, God Bless, and happy web surfing!

4 thoughts on “The Battle Off Samar – Taffy III at Leyte Gulf book (5th Edition) available

  1. Lee M. Weinstein

    I just finished reading “For Crew and County” and “Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors” and have studied the battle to some degree but enough to speak about it to groups around Atlanta. I am President-elect of the World War II Round Table of Atlanta and one of our member’s uncle was Exec. Officer on the Heermann during the battle off Samar. Needless to say, all of our Navy and supporting Airmen are real heroes for what they did. I will do my best to make sure these sailors and airmen are never forgotten and that our younger generation knows the sacrifices made in their behalf so that they enjoy the freedoms they have today.

    Lee M. Weinstein

    1. Marsha Olson

      Dear Lee,

      My dear father, Eugene Olson, USS Navy, was on the White Plains during the battle of Leyte Gulf. He will turn 90 years old in March 2015. I would like to honor him like no other. Would you be able to assist?

      Much thanks.

      His devoted daughter,

      Marsha Olson


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