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The USS Johnston which fought at the Battle off Samar as part of Taffy 3, a small force consisting of 6 US escort carriers (USS Fanshaw Bay, USS St. Lo, USS White Plains, USS Kalinin Bay, USS Kitkun Bay, and USS Gambier Bay), three destroyers (USS Hoel, USS Heermann, and USS Johnston), and four destroyer escorts (USS Samuel B. Roberts, USS Dennis, USS John C. Butler, and USS Raymond). Each escort carrier carried about 28 aircraft and each destroyer had 5 main 5-inch guns. This force of Americans were faced by a Japanese force consisting of four battleships (Yamato, Nagato, Kongo, and Haruna), six heavy cruisers (Chokai, Haguro, Suzuya, Chikuma, and Tone), two light cruisers (Yahagi and Noshiro), and 11 destroyers. The Americans managed to win the battle through some serious bluffing and the sacrifice of USS Johnston, USS Hoel, USS Heermann, and USS Samuel B. Roberts. It is for this reason that I think USS Johnston should be a premium destroyer.

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This topic has been brought up several times before at least. While the Johnston and other vessels have a storied history, we already have a number of Fletcher class dds in the game and I would prefer they add new hulls at the moment rather than reskins of classes already in the game.

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The Taffy 3 action is, to me one of the most compelling naval stories of the war.  I read everything I can find on it and it always grips me.   Why this has yet to become a major motion picture is beyond me.  I know one has been in development for several years now but man, this story needs to be told.  It is epic in virtually every way and yet virtually unknown among the general populace.

 

I would second any of those ships for premium status but the action of Cmdr. Evans in the Johnston would motivate me to make that selection pick for premium ship and special captain.  I mean, If we can have Steven Segal, well...

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Hey bobby, we actually had a thread about the Taffy 3 force about a month ago and WG said they are considering making a campaign for the taskforce in the near future due the large amount of interest(and American Pride) of this fleet. They are also considering the Samuel B Roberts or the Gambier bay for a for a reward ship for this campaign IF they find the time to make them. both would be tier 5-6 ships.:Smile_Default:

It would be simular to the Yamato campaign

 

Personally, I'd like Gambier bay to be the pick, because my Grandpa (RIP) was assigned on that ship and actually fought in the battle of Samar!  

 

Also if you watched today's Mingles with Jingles, we'll soon be having a bull Halsy campaign probably in the summer!:Smile_great:

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32 minutes ago, BladedPheonix said:

Hey bobby, we actually had a thread about the Taffy 3 force about a month ago and WG said they are considering making a campaign for the taskforce in the near future due the large amount of interest(and American Pride) of this fleet. They are also considering the Samuel B Roberts or the Gambier bay for a for a reward ship for this campaign IF they find the time to make them. both would be tier 5-6 ships.:Smile_Default:

It would be simular to the Yamato campaign

 

Personally, I'd like Gambier bay to be the pick, because my Grandpa (RIP) was assigned on that ship and actually fought in the battle of Samar!  

 

Also if you watched today's Mingles with Jingles, we'll soon be having a bull Halsy campaign probably in the summer!:Smile_great:

Personally, I would take all three ships. You can say this about your grandfather '' He served off Samar''. I salute his memory, and all those of Taffy 3, living and passed, as all Americans should. And as a reminder, I am a Canadian. History counts. Learn from it.

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The Battles at Leyte were 'textbook' examples of US Navy's newly learned focus on putting officers capable of independent command initiative on the bridge.. and the bravery of those crews is legend.

The really breathtaking... and incredibly risky, high priced 'learning curve' for our Navy came in the battle for the Solomon's and Guadalcanal. There.. brave crews paid with their lives for the inept actions of unprepared Admirals and Captains that steadfastly refused to adapt to and utilize the available new technologies (Radar, Radar Gun Direction and Range Finding, night optics, Sonar, Fleet movement plots, CIC's, Comms, etc) and the new tactics these technologies required to gain and maintain the upper hand and control of the battle space.

It was in those critical and devastating early months of the war that our Navy learned it could not fight and expect to win the Battle for the Pacific using the previous wars tactics and technology.... and again, as ever, the brave sacrifice and courage of those early war crews under fire and in extreme hardship showed by example just what was expected in dire circumstance of the men who would man and command the ships that would come later.

God Bless 'em All. o7!

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2 hours ago, GrandAdmiral_2016 said:

Personally, I would take all three ships. You can say this about your grandfather '' He served off Samar''. I salute his memory, and all those of Taffy 3, living and passed, as all Americans should. And as a reminder, I am a Canadian. History counts. Learn from it.

much apreiciated.:Smile_honoring:

 

He lived a good life afterwards. 7 kids, 10 grand kids and 3 great grand kids. He could also make anyone laugh.

 

the funniest thing about the battle though is when we asked if he was scared when his ship sank. he smiled and said "Oh Hell No, I knew how to swim!":Smile_glasses: grandma wasn't very amused about that comment though.:Smile_teethhappy:

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13 hours ago, BladedPheonix said:

much apreiciated.:Smile_honoring:

 

He lived a good life afterwards. 7 kids, 10 grand kids and 3 great grand kids. He could also make anyone laugh.

 

the funniest thing about the battle though is when we asked if he was scared when his ship sank. he smiled and said "Oh Hell No, I knew how to swim!":Smile_glasses: grandma wasn't very amused about that comment though.:Smile_teethhappy:

Neither was my grandmother when we questioned my grandfather about his service in the trenches in WWI. She would not tolerate it if she was within hearing distance when we asked. My Dad never spoke about his service in the RCAF in WWII when Mom was in the room, and rarely at any time. He used to say, when asked, that every day since May 8, 1945 was a gift from the Almighty, to be used properly and enjoyed with the people you love. It is all in their perspective, I guess...and it was the right attitude to have...

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