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Re: Recommended Reading

"The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors"
Anybody who likes US Naval History will enjoy this book. The setting is the Philippines and the return of MacArthur during WWII. The US Third and Seventh Fleets are guarding his backside. The Japanese Imperial Navy throws what is left of its major vessel into the scene.
Distracted by a feint, Halsey and the Main body of the 3rd fleet head North, leaving the small Destroyers, Destroyer Escorts, and Aircraft of Taffy 3 to fend off the Main Attacking Center Force of the Imperial Navy. The first goal is to defend the important Escort Carriers, if not checked, the Japanese will have access to MacArthur and his supplies and troops on the beach heads.
The three Destroyers and four Destroyer Escorts of Taffy 3 face a powerful force; greatly outnumbered, out manned and out gunned. The Imperial Navy has left in the Battle of Samar; 3 Battle Ships including the largest ever built, the Yamato along with several Heavy Cruisers, Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts.
It is a horrific battle with many lost souls.
The battle off Samar is known as the last great ship to ship surface combat and it makes for a very intriguing reading.

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