“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do all the damage we can.”
— Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland
Commanding Officer, USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413)
This book details the battle of Taffy 3, comprised of escort carriers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts, against a Japanese battleship and cruiser force led by the monster BB Yamato in 1944. It’s told from the perspective of many of the men in the fight, and this will give you a “I can’t believe what these men did” feeling that no simple historical overview can impart.
You are there with the tin cans as they charge the battleships and cruisers. Yes, they charged them. Some of those Japanese battlewagons had gun turrets that outweighed each US ship. And they charged anyway.
The things men and women have done to make America what it is staggers the imagination.