Allied Warships

USS Samuel B. Roberts (i) (DE 413)

Destroyer Escort of the John C. Butler class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
ClassJohn C. Butler 
PennantDE 413 
Built byBrown Shipbuilding Co. (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down6 Dec 1943 
Launched20 Jan 1944 
Commissioned28 Apr 1944 
Lost25 Oct 1944 
Loss position11° 40'N, 126° 20'E

USS Samuel B. Roberts (Lt.Cdr. Robert Witcher Copeland, USNR) was sunk by gunfire from Japanese warships during the Battle of Samar Island in position 11º40'N, 126º20'E. 89 of her crew were killed and 135 survived though all were wounded which includes the Commanding Officer. The survivors were rescued by the USS LCI's 74/337/340/341; PC's 623/1119 which rescued all the other survivors from the USS Hoel and USS Johnston as well.


Commands listed for USS Samuel B. Roberts (i) (DE 413)

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1Lt.Cdr. Robert Witcher Copeland, USNR28 Apr 194425 Oct 1944

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