The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

By James D. Hornfischer

  • Release Date: 2004-02-03
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 84 Ratings
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BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno.

“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”

With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history.

In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory.


  • An excellent read

    By Tcartee
    Great piece of writing. My wife's grandfather was one of the survivors of the Johnston and spent those long days and nights in the water. Made me appreciate our WW soldiers even more!
  • Heroism

    By crabtrem
    This is a great book that highlights one of the most courageous Naval battles of WWII. You will taste the salt, feel the heat of the guns, and live this battle as if you were there.
  • Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    By Tin Can Sailors
    Exciting read, hard to put down. Great combination of military fact and personal experiences. Detailed, but not boring. An excellent account of incredible courage and commitment above and beyond the call!
  • Last Stand

    By MikeBell2001
    Every breathing American needs to read this book. If you REALLY want to understand what we are capable of as a nation when the chips are down, read this. The heroism, the determination and the sheer guts of the people profiled here will take your breath away. I was moved to tears at a couple of points in the book. Yes, it is a history book. But the author fully understands that history is made by people. He manages to capture their stories from a wonderfully human perspective. I can't recommend this enough. Well worth the price.