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A new Patriots Point exhibit aboard the USS Laffey unveiled

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The exhibit is a start to toward the museum master plan and paves the way for where the museum is headed over the next three years. The exhibit is a start to toward the museum master plan and paves the way for where the museum is headed over the next three years.
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A new exhibit at Patriots Point will give visitors a greater understanding of what it was like to be inside the aft 5" 38 caliber gun mount of the destroyer USS Laffey. Through an interactive exhibit that opens Monday, October 21, the experience will come to life, teaching visitors about the gun mount which was destroyed by a kamikaze attack on April 16, 1945, killing six crew members.

"This is the best way to bring the experience of working that gun during an air attack to life," Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said. "Our visitors can look at static displays all day and try to imagine the fear and adrenaline rush these young men must have felt; but closing the door, cranking the sound on a video of that time and bringing in the vibrations that came with the an attack where 20 or more 55lb rounds were fired per minute - the scene is practically alive again 68 years later," he said.

The exhibit is funded by the Tin Can Sailors, a national association of destroyer veterans. Their contribution of $10,000 will provide a new-age education and entertainment level to Patriots Point visitors who can better appreciate what is considered to be one of the best naval guns of WWII. The exhibit is a start to toward the museum master plan and paves the way for where the museum is headed over the next three years.

The unveiling of the exhibit will take place on board the Laffey at 11am Monday, October 21st. This will coincide with an annual "work party" of veterans from the Laffey Association. Members of the media are invited to experience the exhibit and get reaction from the Laffey veterans and visitors alike.

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