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USS Destroyer Laffey
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
Voice: 843-884-2727

The Laffey is a DD-724 Destroyer. It was commissioned in Feb. 1944. After bombarding German beach defenses at Normandy, France, during the D-Day landings in June 1944, the Laffey cruised to the Pacific to participate in the liberation of the Philippines, the first carrier strikes on Tokyo, and the Iwo Jima and Okinawa landing operations.

On April 16, 1945, Laffey was assailed by a massive air strike of 22 Japanese bombers and suicide Kamikazes. Five Kamikazes and three bombs struck the ship and two bombs scored near-misses. The heroic crew kept the Laffey afloat and shot down eleven attackers.

The Laffey was also in the Korean War and was decommissioned in 1975. She arrived at Patriots Point in 1981. A tour route on the Laffey lets you see the bridge, battle stations, living quarters, and displays of Destroyer activities.

KAT'S VIEW

The Laffey is a Destroyer. It had tons of ribbons on it. The Laffey had a crew of 376 men. The Laffey was hit with 5 Kamikazes, three bombs, and two near misses. It refused to sink. This killed 36 crew members and wounded 71 men. It was impressive.



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