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I wanted to let you all know about a new book that was just release. The book is "For Crew And Country" by John Wukovits. It is the story of the Brave men who sailed the Destroyer Escort USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413. These men went in to battle on October 25, 1944 against incredible odds. They took on the Entire Japanese Fleet at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. My Father was one of those Brave Men. He was Don Young, Seaman 2/c. He passed away a few years ago from Cancer. When I was growing up he never wanted to talk about it. I knew he was in the war and that his ship was sunk. I did not know what he went through and what he saw. It was not until a few years after high school he sis some searching on the internet and found that there was a Survivor Association and a lot of his shipmates were still alive.

He called his old friend Jack Yusen and when Jack heard his voice the both started to cry. Jack told my dad that they have been looking for him for years. He started to attend the reunions and I had the privilege to meet the men. Not only the men of the Roberts but also the survivors of the USS Johnson, USS Hoel. A few years ago before my dad pased away I asked him to tell me about it.

He took a deep breath and told me that he and Jack were on deck that morning. They just finished general quarters and breakfast and were on deck for a smoke. The captain, Robert Copeland, came over the speaker and stated that in the distance they can see what was left of the Jap Fleet heading back to Japan. My dad turned to Jack and said, "if they are leaving why are they getting bigger." Just then they had splashes of color water hit around the ship. They were ranging the fleet.

They went to battle stations and it was on. They laid smoke screens to protect the jeep carriers. The order came down for the "Wolfs" to make haste for a torpedo run. "Wolf" is a name for Destroyers, "Little Wolfs" were the Destroyer Escorts. Captain Copeland asked Command if they wanted the "little wolfs" to go as well. The order came back use your own discretion. It was suicide and they all knew it. The Captain made an announcement, men were are here to defend the Marines on Leyte, and no matter what happens we will not go down with out a fight.

My dad told me that they made a run on the Heavy Jap Cruiser, fired 3 torpedoes and turned to run. This cause the Heavy Cruiser turn to avoid and caused the other large Battleship to turn. This cause them to be taken out of the fight because of their larger turn radius. As they were running back they came so close to a Cruiser they the large 14" guns could go aim down and hit them. They fired their 3" guns and the shells bounced off the shit. My dad fired the 20 mm anti-aircraft shells at the deck and super structure. Once the ships were apart they were hit by multiple 14" shells. One hit the steam line and made them dead in the water. The smaller Destroyers went by and just pounded them.

They abandoned ship and spent 3 days in the water until they were rescued. My dad was one of them. They lost over half of the crew.

So the book is out and we are loosing these men as the age. They fought a great battle to defend the Constitution and I thank them every day for it. Here is a video trailer for it. Check it out.

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Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. My grandfather was a combat nurse in the pacific theater, he NEVER talked about it. One of the best days of my life tho was when I came home on boot leave, I wore my uniform and for the first time he looked me in the eye, gave me a little nod and shook my hand. I knew at that point I had earned his respect. We lost him about 8 years ago.
 

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Yes it is a good book. A great David and Goliath story. Sorry for you loss. I know I thank my dad every day for his service.
 

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Thank you for telling us about this story, and thank you to your father and his ship mates.
 

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Sounds like a great read.
Thank you.
 

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Yes it is a good book. A great David and Goliath story. Sorry for you loss. I know I thank my dad every day for his service.
My dad was not able to serve, health issues prevented him but my mom did a family tree on her fathers side. We found out that every generation has served including the Revolutionary War forward. Now my oldest daughter is now active duty navy and my youngest is also going to serve.
 

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I'm going to look for that. Thanks.
 
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