65 Years Ago Today; "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors"

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  1. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    Today, on Oct 25th 1944, the naval battle off Samar (Philipines) was fought. A totally out numbered and out gunned US task force did the impossible and held off and defeated the IJN.

    A few years ago, a book came out celebrating this achievement. ""The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors"" by James D. Hornfischer

    The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The nonfiction book The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour is the first full narrative account of the Battle off Samar, which author James D. Hornfischer calls the greatest upset in the history of naval warfare. Published by Bantam Books in February 2004, the book won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature in 2004 from the Naval Order of the United States.

    A Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Military Book Club, the book tells the story of the remarkable two-and-a-half-hour sea battle fought on October 25, 1944, in which Rear Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague's task unit, known as "Taffy 3" (7th Fleet's Task Unit 77.4.3), of "jeep carriers" and their "tin can" escorts rose to the impossible challenge of beating back an overwhelming force of Japanese battleships and cruisers under Vice Adm. Takeo Kurita. Survivors of the four U.S. ships lost in the battle—USS Hoel (DD-533), USS Johnston (DD-557), USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), and USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73)—then struggled to survive a three-day-ordeal adrift at sea awaiting rescue. A fifth ship from Taffy 3, the escort carrier USS St. Lo (CVE-63), was sunk in a kamikaze attack immediately following the Japanese withdrawal.

    Two TV documentaries based on Hornfischer's book have been produced. The first of them, produced by Lou Reda Productions and premiering on The History Channel on November 11, 2005, featured interviews with Hornfischer and veterans of the battle. It was followed by an episode of Dogfights on the History Channel, titled "The Death of the Japanese Navy", premiering on December 29, 2006, which featured a sophisticated CGI rendition of the sea battle. One episode of Battle 360 dealt with the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
     
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    One of the most notable moments in USnaval history. The bravery and fighting spirit of these officers and sailors is inspirational.

    Great book by the way.
     
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    #3 vikingBerserker, Oct 26, 2009
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    This is one story I never tired about reading.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken the IJN actually thought the firing against our Battleships at one point during the engagement.:salute:
     
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    Certainly a remarkable story worthy of many movies and books. :salute:
     
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    An almost unbelievable act of courage.
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    One of the greatest acts of collective heroism, certainly in the annals of US Navy history. :salute:

    TO
     
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    :salute:One of the finest days in USN combat history.
     
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