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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 “This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected We will do what damage we can”With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B Roberts on the morning of October off the Philippine Island of Samar On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into historyIn the tradition of theNew York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in US history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victoryFrom the Hardcover edition

10 thoughts on “The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour

  1. Matt Matt says:

    “When a heavy round from a naval rifle hits a ship and explodes, the energy released pulverizes the hardened steel of the shell and swirls up the shattered remnants of surrounding metal decks and bulkheads. All of this metal rushes outward on the edge of a wave of blast pressure that a typical

  2. Mike Mike says:

    5 Battle Stars! There are few books that will impact you physically as well as mentally. This is one of them. I sit drained and awe-inspired. Hornfischer will take you into the heart of this final major sea battle off the coast of the Philippine Islands, a battle that should have been a slaughter

  3. A.L. Sowards A.L. Sowards says:

    What do you do when you’re a relatively small group of light aircraft carriers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts and you’re suddenly faced with the biggest ships in the Japanese Navy? Japanese ships that are faster, sturdier, and have guns that can fire long before you’ll be in range to fire

  4. Jacqui Jacqui says:

    This should be required reading for all those who serve in the Navy--on or above the sea. It is the story of Taffy 3, a WWII force of America's smallest ships--Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts. Tasked with protecting the carriers that were part of MacArthur's return to the Philippines, they ended up

  5. Manray9 Manray9 says:

    The history of the U. S. Navy contains many stories of great valor -- from Stephen Decatur burning the frigate PHILADELPHIA in the harbor at Tripoli, through David Dixon Porter running the gauntlet of Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, to the attack of Torpedo Squadron 8 at Midway -- but few compare

  6. Bob Mayer Bob Mayer says:

    Exceptional story of courage

    My father served in the Navy in World War II. Reading this gave me an idea of what he faced as a 17 year old shipped out to the Pacific. Well worth the time to read and appreciate

  7. Sean Sean says:

    My grandfather was in this battle, on the USS Hoel. He was a survivor. I've had the HONOR and OPPORTUNITY in meeting these brave men who fought along side him on these Tin Cans at Leyte Gulf and have heard the most amazing stories from them. Sam Lucas, Bill Mercer, Glenn Parkin, and others. This is a g

  8. Mark C Mark C says:

    As a former crew member of the HOEL (DDG-13) the history surrounding the desperate battle at Samar is of great interest. This book captures the extreme peril that was accepted and overcome by the fearless Captains and their crews. Makes one realize that we owe a great debt to the greatest generation tha

  9. Dan Dan says:

    Military history that is as compelling a read as the best novel you've ever read. This book is at once a detailed telling of a part of the larger battle of Leyte Gulf and an excellent tribute to the naval service and to a small segment of the Greatest Generation.

  10. Wayne Barrett Wayne Barrett says:

    What a powerful piece of our history. An event that is slowly being forgotten as time goes by. This story covers the details of the Naval battle in Samar (during the conquest to retake the Philippines from the Japanese) in which, against overwhelming odds, a small group of ships under Admiral Spragu

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