One of Murdoc’s favorite gifts to receive is a gift certificate for a book store. I got one recently for my birthday, and I wasted no time ordering a couple of books that I’ve been wanting to check out. The first is No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf by Bradley Peniston. A reader had alerted me to this book some time back, but for some reason I neglected to mention it despite the fact that I added it to my wish list. Here’s the deal:
Like its World War II namesake of Leyte Gulf fame, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) was a small combatant built for escort duty. But its skipper imbued his brand-new crew with a fighting spirit to match their forebears, and in 1988 when the guided missile frigate was thrust into the Persian Gulf at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, there was no better ship for the job. Forbidden to fire unless fired upon, Captain Paul Rinn and his crew sailed amid the chaos in the Gulf for two months, relying on wit and nerve to face down fighter jets and warships bent on the destruction of civilian vessels. Their sternest test came when an Iranian mine ripped open the ship’s engine room, ignited fires on four decks, and plunged the ship into darkness. The crew’s bravery and cool competence was credited with keeping the ship afloat, and its actions have become part of Navy lore and a staple of naval leadership courses ever since.
The original Samuel B. Roberts was mentioned on MO when I posted about Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors.
Bradley Peniston is the managing editor of Defense News.
A TOP SLOT Blogad just began running tonight, as well, and there’s a ton of info available on the book’s official site. Now to find time to read.