“When at grips with the enemy on the sea, under the sea, or in the air, no taskforce commander ever had enough destroyers. They were indispensable in every operation, a lance to thrust forward, a shield."

Admiral Walden L. Ainsworth, Commander of Destroyer Forces in the Pacific-1942

About Clint

Clint Johnson is a non-fiction writer and historian living in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife and pets. He is a native of Fish Branch, an unmapped community in the Florida backwoods surrounded by cypress bay heads, orange groves and populated by gators. It looks like Florida used to be before Walt Disney World changed it. He is a journalism graduate of the University of Florida. He has written for scores of newspapers, magazines and trade publications.


For men on destroyer-class warships during World War I and World War II, battles were waged “against overwhelming odds from which survival could not be expected.” Those were the words Lieutenant Commander Robert Copeland calmly told his crew as their tiny, unarmored destroyer escort rushed toward giant, armored Japanese battleships at the Battle off Samar on October 25, 1944.

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The sinking of two destroyers named USS Jacob Jones and how the USS Roper avenged one

April 7, 2019

This is the tale of two unlucky destroyers named for an unlucky commodore, and the destroyer that avenged one of them. Perhaps the name, Jacob Jones, was cursed.  Jacob Jones was born in Delaware, but was an orphan by the age of four. He eventually became a doctor, found love and married but his wife…