A gripping true account of courage and survival at sea against impossible odds—and one of the finest untold World War II sagas of our time.
In December 1944, while on a mission to support MacArthur's invasion of the Philippines, Admiral William "Bull" Halsey unwittingly steered his fleet of 170 ships into the teeth of a massive typhoon. The storm ultimately inflicted twice as much destruction and loss of life as the Battle of Midway, but Navy brass suppressed the scope of the disaster so as not to compromise the American advance on Tokyo. After the ensuing Court of Inquiry, Halsey never spoke again of the disaster.
It is only now, thanks to documents declassified sixty years after the events and scores of firsthand accounts from survivors, that the story finally has been told.
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Three Cheers for the USS Tabberer
I wish to add my vote and my voice to the all too short list of Americans calling for a Medal of Honor to Lt. Cmdr Henry Lee Plage for his actions delineated in this book. I was not aware of Typhoon Cobra, nor the trauma it inflicted, so I appreciate the detailed and insightful rendition of the story shared here. I hope, I wish, I wonder if I, at 19, would have fared as well as the boys aboard the Spence, Hull, Monagahn, and Tabberer. I doubt it. I am thankful that we had servicemen who had the stuff of heroes when we needed it most.