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Thanks for posting. Very interesting.
 
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A must read for those interested in this battle, is the book, "Last Stand of The Tin Can Sailors" !!!!!! Reading it will make your hair stand on end, make you cry and wonder if today's youth would do such a thing. Evans, the Captain of the Johnston, was a graduate of the Naval academy and a full blooded Cherokee . The book says that before going into the battle ,[against overwhelming odds,] he told his crew, "This is a fighting ship. Anyone who doesn't want to fight can leave". None did. The Japanese , thinking these ships were far off Battleships or Cruisers , set their gun ranges too far. [They thought that because the ships were small, they were far off . But THEY WERE SMALL !! ] There was no one else to defend the landing forces so these "Tin Cans" , Jeep Carriers and Destroyer Escorts" charged into the Japanese fleet . Once they got close, the Japanese realized their error, and stared firing. After several charges and sailing around in the middle of the Japanese fleet, The Johnston was down to one engine, and one gun, and charged back into the fray , and sure death. The Samuel B. Roberts, the St Lo and others fought with such a tenacity that the Japanese commander decided it was time to leave, even though they had destroyed almost all the US Ships. NO WORDS can describe their bravery !! A friend of mine's Father in Law was on one of the ships and he said, he was scared sh*tless . Find the book and read it. It's worth your time.
 

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A must read for those interested in this battle, is the book, "Last Stand of The Tin Can Sailors" !!!!!! Reading it will make your hair stand on end, make you cry and wonder if today's youth would do such a thing. Evans, the Captain of the Johnston, was a graduate of the Naval academy and a full blooded Cherokee . The book says that before going into the battle ,[against overwhelming odds,] he told his crew, "This is a fighting ship. Anyone who doesn't want to fight can leave". None did. The Japanese , thinking these ships were far off Battleships or Cruisers , set their gun ranges too far. [They thought that because the ships were small, they were far off . But THEY WERE SMALL !! ] There was no one else to defend the landing forces so these "Tin Cans" , Jeep Carriers and Destroyer Escorts" charged into the Japanese fleet . Once they got close, the Japanese realized their error, and stared firing. After several charges and sailing around in the middle of the Japanese fleet, The Johnston was down to one engine, and one gun, and charged back into the fray , and sure death. The Samuel B. Roberts, the St Lo and others fought with such a tenacity that the Japanese commander decided it was time to leave, even though they had destroyed almost all the US Ships. NO WORDS can describe their bravery !! A friend of mine's Father in Law was on one of the ships and he said, he was scared sh*tless . Find the book and read it. It's worth your time.
Coincidentally I'm in the middle of that book right now, excellent read, i highly recommend.
 

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Some videos from a youtube creator I watch.
Here is a 40 minute video about the battle:

And a '5 minute guide to warships' video about the U.S.S. Johnston:
 
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