Wednesday, August 8, 2018
The Two USS Laffeys
USS Laffey (DD-459) Named for Bartlett Laffey, a Civil War Naval Medal of Honor winner (see my Running he Blockade blog August 9, 2018, for more on him).
Commissioned 31 March 1942. Sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal 13 November 1942. This was quite a remarkable ship. Her final battle was something else.
USS Laffey (DD-724) Commissioned 8 February 1944 Decommissioned 30 June 1947. Recommissioned 1951. Decommissioned 1975. Served in the Korean War. Today is a museum ship at Patriots Point, Charleston, South Carolina. This is "The Ship That Would Not Die" after receiving multiple strikes from kamikazes, the one they will star in a movie.
Another Remarkable Ship. --GreGen