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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
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Apr 18, 11

Read in April, 2006


This is an incredible story of the sea battle that could have changed the course of the Pacific battle. Against overwhelming odds, a group of courageous "Tin Cans" (smaller Destroyers) fought the BEST that Japan had in Naval carriers. The courage of our smaller ships fought with true heroic effort.

Where were our carriers? A famous Naval Admiral had gone against orders and chased a diversion of Japanese freight ships which fortunately was not aware of the successful feign. If it had realized of their success in diverting our Large carriers, what would the results have been?

This is a good read with a lot of personal stories of everyday guys who acted with such unbelievable effort. These guys are the true hero's of WW2 -- and an inspiration to all.
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