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Ernie's House of Whoopass! October 25, 2016
October 25, 2016

Let's Hear it For The Boys From Taffy Three.

Okay, it's been 36 hours, so these pictures are fair game.

The Battle off Samar was the centermost action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the largest naval battles in history, which took place in the Philippine Sea off Samar Island, in the Philippines on October 25, 1944. As the only major action in the larger battle where the Americans were largely unprepared against the opposing forces, it has been cited by historians as one of the greatest military mismatches in naval history.

Admiral William Halsey, Jr. was lured into taking his powerful 3rd Fleet after a decoy fleet, leaving only three escort carrier groups of the 7th Fleet. The escort carriers and destroyer escorts which had been designed to protect slow convoys from submarine attack had been repurposed to attack ground targets, and had few torpedoes as they could normally rely on Halsey's fleet to protect them from any threats from armored warships. A Japanese surface force of battleships and cruisers, battered earlier in the larger battle and thought to have been in retreat, instead turned around unobserved and stumbled upon the northernmost of the three groups, Task Unit 77.4.3 -- known as "Taffy 3" -- commanded by Rear Admiral Clifton Sprague. Taffy 3's few destroyers and slower destroyer escorts possessed neither the firepower nor armor to effectively oppose the Japanese force, but nevertheless desperately attacked with 5 inch guns and torpedoes to cover the retreat of their slow "jeep" carriers. Aircraft from the carriers of Taffy 1, 2, and 3, including FM-2 Wildcats, F6F Hellcats and TBM Avengers, strafed, bombed, torpedoed, rocketed, depth-charged, fired at least one .38 caliber handgun and made numerous "dry" runs at the Japanese force when the American planes ultimately ran out of ammunition.

USS Johnston (DD-557) was a World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer in the service of the United States Navy. She was the first Navy ship named after Lieutenant John V. Johnston. The small "tincan" destroyer, armed with nothing larger than 5 inch guns and torpedoes, would lead the attack of a handful of light ships which had inadvertently been left unprotected in the path of a massive Japanese fleet led by battleships and cruisers. USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy. 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."

Sprague's task unit lost two escort carriers, two destroyers, a destroyer escort and several aircraft. But the sacrifices of the Johnston, the Samuel B. Roberts, and their little escort carrier task unit Taffy 3 helped stop Admiral Kurita's Center Force from attacking vulnerable U.S. landing forces, and eventually inflicted greater losses to the Japanese attackers than they suffered. Over a thousand Americans died, comparable to the combined losses of American men and ships at the better known Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. But in exchange for the heavy losses for such a small force, they sank or disabled three Japanese cruisers and caused enough confusion to persuade the Japanese commander, Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita, to regroup and ultimately withdraw, rather than advancing to sink troop and supply ships at Leyte Gulf. In the combined Battle of Leyte Gulf, 10,000 Japanese sailors and 3,000 Americans died. Although the battleship Yamato and the remaining force returned to Japan, the battles marked the final defeat of the Japanese Navy, as the ships remained in port for most of the rest of the war and ceased to be an effective naval force.

The Front started out as a small, independent project. Funded out of pocket by its three producers, Deward Lawrence, Jon & Nathan Blaze and a handful of enthusiastic Indiegogo contributors. It aims to provide a historical and entertaining glimpse of WWII from the perspectives of six different characters.

I know how you like dogs so here is a local story about one tough dog. One and two. Rick

Hi Ernie, Got an infographic here with 10 little known but proven secrets for selling your home. Any chance you can feature it on Ehowa? Kind Regards, David

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When a man posted a photo taken with a drone of extremely flooded homes in North Carolina to Twitter, he unwittingly set the ball in motion to save a stranded veteran and his dog. Qavas Hart was tweeting the photo of flooded homes in Hope Mills in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, when he got the attention Craig Williams in Texas.Craig had been worried about his brother, Chris, who was stuck in his house with his dog due to the flooding. To cheer him up, Craig reportedly sent Chris the picture posted by Hart, to show him others were worse off than he, when Chris responded that one of the houses in it was, in fact, his. Craig immediately contacted Hart and asked him if he could help rescue his brother. According to local news reports, Hart returned to the scene and flagged down a rescue crew who saved Chris and his dog Lana from the flooded house. This drone footage captures the rescue.

And I have three challenges for you today. The first is a starter one, much like this sparring match between Neo and Morpheus: i want you to find out where she followed the sign's instructions. Next, is a little more advanced, like when Neo fought Agent Smith in the subway: see if you can find where to buy these colorful bowls. Andif you truly believe that you have what it takes to be The One, then I'd ask you to find where she's rollerblading.

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