MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Veterans of the USS Laffey Association will host a memorial service onboard the USS Laffey to remember the 32 sailors who died while serving aboard the warship during a fierce attack on April 16, 1945 off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.
The service will also honor the veterans of the USS Laffey who have died in the past year, according to spokesperson Chris Hauff.
The memorial service will begin shortly aboard the #USSLAFFEY. Veterans will remember the 32 crewmen killed in a fierce kamikaze attack during #WWII and vets who have died in the past year. #veterans pic.twitter.com/EF8Ik0zQPG— Patriots Point (@Patriots_Point) October 1, 2018
“The USS Laffey is an integral part of our museum and it’s always great to welcome her veterans back aboard,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “The brave veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting so valiantly under heavy fire by the Japanese on April 16, 1945 must always be remembered, as must all veterans of the USS Laffey who have served our nation.”
The memorial service is part of several days of events planned for the annual USS Laffey Association Reunion. Laffey veterans from all eras are expected to be in attendance, Hauff added.
A Sumner-class destroyer, the USS Laffey DD-724 remained active in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1975 and has been a part of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum since 1981.