USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE-413)
USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) was commissioned on April 28, 1944, with LCDR R.W. Copeland, USNR in Command. Following a shakedown and transit of the Panama Canal in the summer of 1944, Roberts joined Task Unit 7.4.3 in October of 1944. Shortly before dawn on October 25, 1944, Roberts was sunk after daringly engaging a superior Japanese Cruiser/Battleship Force in the vicinity of Samar Island. Roberts’ awards included the Presidential Unit Citation and Battle Star for WWII services.
USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DD-823)
USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823) was commissioned on December 22, 1946, with CDR C.T. Doss in Command. During Roberts’ twenty-four years of commissioned service, she was attached to Middle East Force, the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th Fleets, earning a multitude of Expeditionary Awards and two Battle Stars for Vietnam service. On November 2, 1970, Roberts was decommissioned from active naval service.