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Axis & Allies War at Sea - USS Samuel B. Roberts

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General Type Ship
Unit Type Destroyer
Cost 6
Set Base
Manufacturer Hasbro
Available 1944
Set ID 30
Game Class Limits WGT Class
Country United States (Details)
Prototype USS Samuel B. Roberts (Details)
Class John C. Butler (Details)
Armor 1
Vital 5
Hull Points 2
Speed 139
Primary 3/3/2/0
Torpedoes 1/1/0/0
AA 4/0/-/-
ASW 6/-/-/-
Special Ability Sub Hunter
Special Ability Valiant Stand
Game Rarity C
Axis & Allies War at Sea - USS Samuel B. Roberts
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USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy.

Samuel B. Roberts participated in the Battle off Samar, an unlikely victory in which a relatively small force of U.S. warships prevented a vastly superior Japanese force from attacking the amphibious invasion fleet off the large Philippine island of Leyte. This destroyer escort, along with the handful of destroyers, destroyer escorts, and escort carriers of the unit called "Taffy 3", was inadvertently left alone to fend off a fleet of heavily armed Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers in this crucial action off the Island of Samar, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf of October 1944. Steaming aggressively through a gauntlet of incoming shells, Samuel B. Roberts scored one torpedo hit and numerous gunfire hits as she slugged it out with larger enemy warships before finally being sunk. After the battle, Samuel B. Roberts received the appellation "the destroyer escort that fought like a battleship."

The ship was named for Coxswain Samuel Booker Roberts, Jr., a Navy Cross recipient, who had been commended for voluntarily steering a Higgins boat towards enemy forces, in order to divert fire from evacuation efforts being undertaken by other friendly vessels. Samuel B. Roberts was laid down on 6 December 1943, at the Brown Shipbuilding Company of Houston, Texas. She was launched on 20 January 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Roberts, and was commissioned on 28 April 1944, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland, USNR. She was the first of three U.S. Navy ships to bear his name.

Class History:
The John C. Butler class were destroyer escorts that originated during World War II. The lead ship was USS John C. Butler, commissioned on 31 March 1944. The class was also known as the WGT type from their Westinghouse geared turbine drive.[1] Of the 293 ships originally planned, 206 were canceled in 1944 and a further four after being laid down; three were not completed until after the end of World War II.

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Item created by: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30. Last edited by gdm on 2019-10-07 18:24:46

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