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

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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.


 

About John Wukovits

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JOHN K. WUKOVITS is a military expert specializing in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He is the author of many books, including Eisenhower: A Biography; One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa; and American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission. He has also written numerous articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, and World War II. He lives in Trenton, Michigan.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The author prepares his ground with an account of the recruitment and training of the ship's crew and its officers, and he spotlights the leading contribution of Lt. Cmdr.

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On October 25, 1944, the USS Samuel B. Roberts took part in one of the most doomed naval battles in U.S. history. The Roberts—a destroyer escort not designed for heavy combat—and a small fleet were ca

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Landing plenty of hits, the Roberts played a crucial role in prompting the enemy to retreat, though damage sustained during the fight forced surviving crewmembers to abandon their sinking ship.

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