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Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN Marker
San Diego
VADM Clifton A. F. Sprague Born 8 January 1896 - Died 11 April 1955 The "Taffy 3" Memorial, with text of its Presidential Unit Citation and identification of its various units, is immediately behind the Sprague bust. The museum aircraft carrier, USS Midway (CV-41), is seen in the background. Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague led the thirteen ships of Task Unit 77.4.3 (known as Taffy 3) in a decisive battle against a vastly superior Japanese task force of battleships, cruisers, and destroyers on 25 October 1944. "What chance could we have with 6 slow, thin-skinned escort carriers and 7 small screen vessels, each armed with 5-inch pea-shooters, against the 18-, 16-, 8- and 5-inch broadsides of the enemy warships bearing down on us at twice our speed?" - Admiral Sprague. Sprague's decisive action came five days after General Douglas MacArthur's soldiers and Marines established a beachhead on Leyte Island in the Philippine Islands. [Back, History Panel "2"]: The courage and determination of the officers and men aboard the 13 ships and the valor of the men of the air squadrons memorialized here probably saved the lives of thousands of Allied fighting men on the shores of Leyte. "If we can get the enemy task force to attack us, we can delay its descent on Leyte until help comes, though obviously the end will come sooner for us."
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