Ceremony marks 75th anniversary of USS Laffey’s commissioning

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – A ceremony will take place Friday celebrating the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Laffey.

The sip was moved to Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant back in 1981.

Five years later, it was declared a national historic landmark.

USS Laffey is the most decorated World War II-era destroyer still in existence, according to Patriots Point’s website.

It supported the DDay landings in Normandy in June of 1944. It was later transferred to the Pacific Theater to join the US offense against Japan where just a year later would be attacked by Japanese bombers in Okinawa, killing 32 and wounding 71 of the 336-man crew.

The destroyer was proudly retired in 1975.

Friday’s free ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Patriots Point. Immediately following, guests are invited to take guided tours of the ship.

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