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

For Crew and Country The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B Roberts 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 the Samuel B Roberts al

  • Title: For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts
  • Author: John F. Wukovits
  • ISBN: 9780312681890
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 wiIn 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 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 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.

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    1. " . . . We who live salute you friends.Your burden's one that never ends. Your duty serves a higher kingdom - Forever on watch, in the name of freedom." Forever On Watch; HMC (SW) Robert C Shaw; as quoted in part.Exceptionally well written, ordered, and conveyed, in a breathable and informative human interest sort of fashion that draws readers in, with or without a military background. Most every adult reader should find this history/memoir/military/war tome quite accessible and comprehensible. [...]

    2. Although I did not care much for the writing style, the story it told was interesting and worth reading, especially if you like military history history. It seems like every time I finish reading one of these books I ask myself the same question Where did we find such men of selfless courage and devotion to country and to each other?

    3. An exciting, true account of the U.S.S. Samuel Roberts, a destroyer escort, in WWII. Among the smallest of the "Line" fighting ships in the Navy, The Roberts attacked and damaged much larger ships in a Japanese naval task force attempting to wipe out many small carriers and eventually the US landing force in the Gulf of Leyte. Due to her actions and that of three other small ships--never designed for fighting a surface war, but to seek out submarines--The Roberts helped deter this large force lo [...]

    4. Inspiring. I'd give it 4.5 stars out of 5. It made me reflect once again on James Mitchener's query at the conclusion of _The Bridges at Toko-ri_: Where do we find such men?

    5. I thought this was a well-written, powerful book about a crew of men who did something amazing. It has a good flow to it; it starts off with the 'back history' of the vessel and crew well before the battle. We do see how teenage boys grew and matured into men in the crucible of World War II. The book is filled with personal comments and recollections from the survivors about the six months aboard the Samuel B. Roberts. The last couple of chapters, while difficult to read, were still inspiring as [...]

    6. An excellent book. I knew a little about the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE 413) and its heroics at the Battle of Samar, but the book still was a real eye-opener. Commanded by a Navy Reservist lawyer and having a largely green crew, the ship's entire service lasted less than a year. In a nutshell, the ship (and a couple others) threw itself at a vastly superior Japanese force that threatened several carriers and Gen. McArthur's Philippine invasion force. Much like the 1st Minnesota regiment at Gettys [...]

    7. Outmanned, outgunned and outsized, the Samuel B. Roberts plunged into a battle that would ultimately result in her death and the deaths of many of her brave crewmen. As part of the unit Taffy 3 the chance meeting with a much larger Japanese fleet wasn't supposed to have happened. But it did and with the enemy sighted the Sammy B. flew into action with the best of them. Her well-seasoned crew suffered numerous casualties yet they soldiered on with a fierceness. Even as they were dying from injuri [...]

    8. A well written account of the bravery and sacrifice that embodied the men who fought World War II. John Wukovits offers up the stirring account of the "Destroyer Escort that fought like a battleship" in For Crew and Country. The men of the Samuel B. Roberts (DE413), along the destroyers Hoel, Johnston and Heerman took on the might of the imperial Japanese fleet despite being massively outgunned and drove back the superior force. Wukovits will have you cheering for the Sammy B. as she makes her g [...]

    9. In 1944 Generaal Douglas MacArthur was in charge to the invasion of the Philippines to oust the Japanese. Ground and naval command were splintered. In the Second Battle of the Philippine Seas Admiral Halsey chased after a diversionary fleet of Japanese ships as a small group of six escort carriers and small surface ships [Taffy 3] was left to defend the American landing. The Japanese sprang their trap and the destroyers and destroyer escorts rose to the occasion to protect the carriers. The Dest [...]

    10. Great book accounting the bravery and sacrifice as the book stated of the men of the USS Samuel B. Roberts who fought the Japanese in the Philippine Sea during World War II.

    11. Full disclosure: I got my copy of this book (Hard Cover) at the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. I paid full price but in doing so I helped to support an important nonprofit museum.Likely you will find John Wukovits' For Crew and Country, in the history, or military history section. It is not properly a history. This is a memorial to the men who fought in one of history's most uneven and un-winnable battles. By their sacrifice they saved American lives and contributed more than their port [...]

    12. Very illuminating look at lives and service of men on a destroyer escort in the Philippines during World War II. Describes their lives before joining the military. Details the building of the ship, the USS Samuel B. Roberts. Graphic detail of the battle and the horrific conditions the men endured while waiting for much delayed rescue after their ship was destroyed. Enters the lives of survivors and their families and the lives of those whose boys didn't return.

    13. October 25, 1944, marked pivotal day in the annals of US Navy history when the Destroyer Escort (DE), USS Samuel B. Roberts, charged Japanese battleships, cruisers and destroyers off the Island of Samal, in an effort to delay and divert a much stronger Japanese naval armada from interfering with the landing of US troops on Leyete, which resulted in the retaking of the Philippines. Launching three torpedoes and lobbing over 600 5 inch shells at the Japanese juggernauts, the Roberts disabled two C [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this book which is a historical account of a great Naval battle toward the end of WW II. The Samuel B. Roberts was a small, destroyer escort that fought "way above its weight class." After the ship sunk and the remaining crew was in the water, a couple of Japanese ships passed very close by. None of the enemy opened fire on the survivors. Instead, the stood at attention as they passed, showing respect to their enemy's gallantry. I plan to pass my book onto a good friend who capt [...]

    15. If you are not a "Naval History Buff" as I am, I suggest you go to your nearest library and check-out a copy of "FOR CREW AND COUNTRY". It's the Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice aboard the "USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE-413) and the units of Taffy 3 on October 25, 1944. (I was only 5 years old then) My later service in the Navy saw me serving aboard DE's & DD's from 1957 thru 1966. I know it was not during a "WORLD WAR" but I can still visualize what my fellow "Sailors" went thr [...]

    16. A moving and powerful story of 224 men on a tiny ship that faced overwhelming odds on October 25, 194490 men were lost and you will not find greater heroism then in the men of the Samuel B. Robertsa story every American should know well.

    17. A good book about an amazing sacrifice and accomplishment. The writing was a bit dry and repetitive at points but it did not diminish the impressiveness of the story.

    18. Lest we forget. Such bravery for the greater good. Why don't we live like this any more on such a grand scale?

    19. Heroes are ordinary men put in extraordinary circumstances. The men of the USS Samuel B. Roberts are most assuredly heroes.

    20. I've read some other books which discuss the fight off of Samar, and the story is incredible. This book is a good introduction to this ship and crew, and they were among many which acted with the utmost bravery and determination. It's a very fast read, yet you do get a look at many of the officers and crew. The presentation is caring, and should bring a tear to most eyes, without being maudlin. I'm sure there is a lot more that can be said on this subject, but this is a good start. The Oliver Ha [...]

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