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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
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May 29, 12

it was amazing

This is a first person story of how under-equipped and unsuspecting Rear Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague's task unit, known as "Taffy 3" trumped when they found they were up against Japanese battleships and cruisers. This was one of largest naval battles in history, which took place in the Philippine Sea off Samar Island, in the Philippines on 25 October 1944. I found this to be a gripping true story that was well told. Many US sailors were lost that day protecting our freedom. The heroism and resourcefulness of these sailors is awe inspiring.

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