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10.24.2014 4:00 AM

70 years ago Battle off Samar During the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Battle off Samar

USS Heermann at Battle off Samar by Dwight Shepler

On October 25, 1944 Taffy 3 consisting of 6 Escort Carriers with 400 aircraft, 3 Destroyers and 3 Destroyer Escorts met the Japan Center Fleet consisting of 4 Battleships including the monster Yamata, 6 Heavy Cruisers, 4 Light Cruisers, 11 destroyers and 30 aircraft.

The goal of Center Fleet was to destroy the US invasion fleet in Leyte Gulf and disrupt the landings in the Philipines.

Taffy 3 drove off the Center Fleet in one of the most lopsided and epic sea battle of WWII.

Commander Ernest E. Evans of the destroyer Johnston received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Taffy 3 received a Presidential Unit Citation.

For extraordinary heroism in action against powerful units of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle off Samar, Philippines, October 25, 1944. ...the gallant ships of the Task Unit waged battle fiercely against the superior speed and fire power of the advancing enemy ...two of the Unit's valiant destroyers and one destroyer escort charged the battleships point-blank and, expending their last torpedoes in desperate defense of the entire group, went down under the enemy's heavy shells ... The courageous determination and the superb teamwork of the officers and men who fought the embarked planes and who manned the ships of Task Unit 77.4.3 were instrumental in effecting the retirement of a hostile force threatening our Leyte invasion operations and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Battle off Samar at Destroyer History Foundation.

Dogfights: Death of the Japanese Navy.

 

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