Category Archives: Resources

“Spirit of the Sammy B” book available

“Spirit of the Sammy B,” Captain Copeland’s thoroughly readable autobiographical account of the DE-413’s short but valiant history is now available in softcover. The 120-page book costs only $9.99 (plus shipping) and is available now at It’s also available on

A must read for any one interested in the Samuel B. Roberts or the Battle off Samar. All net proceeds go to the Survivor Association.

Dick Rohde WOCA radio interview from 2007

Dick Rohde, interviewed 3/29/2007 on Ocala’s WOCA radio.

MP3 format:

1. Dick Rohde interview 20070329 | October 1944 naval Battle of Leyte Gulf     

Real Audio format

3/29/2007 on Ocala’s WOCA radio  (requires free RealPlayer basic. Note — it will download in full before starting. This may take some time depending on your connection to the internet.)

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by Jim Hornfischer

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!

Little Wolf at Leyte by J. Henry Doscher, Jr.

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.

Available at here.