Publishers Weekly says “One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers, creating a microcosm of the war’s American Navy destroyers. Hornfischer, a writer and literary agent in Austin, Tex., covers the battle off Samar, the Philippines, in October 1944, in which a force of American escort carriers and destroyers fought off a Japanese force many times its strength…” Learn more about this outstanding book here!
This book is the story of a small destroyer escort, the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), known by a voice radio call sign as “Little Wolf”. The Roberts, together with three other destroyer escorts, three destroyers, and their brood of six little “jeep” carriers, collectively known as Task Unit 77.4.3 (Taffy 3), fought Vice Admiral Kurita’s mighty armada of four battleships, eight heavy cruisers, one light cruiser, and ten destroyers intent on wiping out General MacArthur’s forces which were then establishing their beach heads at nearby Leyte Island. During the ensuing battle, Kurita sank the Roberts, two of the destroyers, and one “jeep” carrier.
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