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For Crew and Country: 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 wi
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 29th 2013)
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Hank Hoeft
Jun 08, 2016 Hank Hoeft rated it liked it
The Battle of Leyte Gulf was an extraordinary event for many reasons. It was the final great naval battle in World War II, in which the U.S. Navy defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy so soundly that the IJN was never able to challenge the U.S. with a fleet action ever again. It saw the last battleship-to-battleship action of World War II, and probably for all time. It was the largest naval battle in history, in terms of size of the area involved, number of ships involved, size of the combatants i ...more
Eric
Jul 14, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly inspirational tale. Told in a way that brings out the best in the characters we get to meet. For six months, the crew of the USS Samuel B. Roberts were brought together under the command of LTCM Robert W Copeland. It sounds as though Copeland wished to always minimize his contribution to melding the crew that, basically, as a destroyer escort, took on the ships of the Yamato's task force. The author summarizes, perhaps somewhat a leap but maybe not, that between the Roberts' attack and t ...more
John L
Feb 10, 2013 John L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt strongly about reviewing this book as there are so few reviews currently up.

The book felt like "Titanic" meets "Band of Brothers" and, as it turns out, that is an amazing and very emotional combination.

It starts out exactly as one would expect. A quick look at the men, then their training, and a few humorous anecdotes showing how they bonded to form their brotherhood. It reads like every other war story, and I was afraid that it would continue that way throughout, but that all changes whe
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Diane
Mar 04, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love reading true stories about war time, and this one is no exception. I'm truly amazed with those young men and the bravery they show when they are probably scared to death. This book jumped out at me in Costco and was not disappointed.
Ray Thompson
Jul 21, 2014 Ray Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!
Jim
Jan 24, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story..another astonishing book about the hero's of The Battle of Leyte Gulf. I highly recommend this book as a companion to "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors".
Mark
Nov 09, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book while on a long drive this past Veterans Day...what an appropriate day to read about such an inspirational event.
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