This page includes links to copies of rare original documents that pertain to the gripping action off Samar Island during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The documents belonged to Donald Charles Jones of Mercer County, PA, a crew member on the U.S.S. Marcus Island, which was an escort carrier in Rear-Admiral Felix Stump's task group "Taffy 2".
For a photo of the U.S.S. Marcus Island, click here.
For a particularly well written description of the action off Samar Island, read Chapter 7 of Adrian Stewart's book "The Battle of Leyte Gulf", which also provides an excellent presentation of the entire battle. For a book that goes into influencing events before the battle, as well as the battle itself, read the book "The Battle of Leyte Gulf" by Thomas J. Cutter.
U.S.S. Marcus Island shipboard news release about the Battle of Leyte Gulf