The USS Laffey, got its nickname as "The Ship That Would Not Die" when it was on picket duty off Okinawa in March 1945. About 50 Japanese planes attacked and about half got through to the Laffey. The ship suffered 103 casualties when it was hit by four bombs and five kamikaze planes. The Laffey is also the only surviving American World War II destroyer that saw action in the Atlantic, where it was part of the D-Day invasion!

USS Laffey - survived WWII (including a kamikaze attack) and Korea. Laffey is currently a museum ship at Patriots Point in Charleston, South Carolina

On 13 November 1942, the first USS Laffey (DD-459) was sunk by the Japanese during a night battle during the early stages of the naval battle of Guadalcanal, less than a year after being commission…

On 13 November 1942, the first USS Laffey (DD-459) was sunk by the Japanese during a night battle during the early stages of the naval battle of Guadalcanal, less than a year after being commission…

USS Laffey was a WW2 heavy destroyer that took more hits and punishment than any other ship in WW2 without sinking. She saw heavy action at D-Day and in the Pacific where in 1 day she was hit by 4 bombs and 6 kamikazes yet failed to sink. The ship went on to take part in the atom bomb tests at Bikini, bombed North Korea, fought off Vietnam, accidentally sank an American ship, toured on patrol numerous times and is now a historical landmark in Charleston, SC. It cost $10M to refit recently.

USS Laffey was a WW2 heavy destroyer that took more hits and punishment than any other ship in WW2 without sinking. She saw heavy action at D-Day and in the Pacific where in 1 day she was hit by 4 bombs and 6 kamikazes yet failed to sink. The ship went on to take part in the atom bomb tests at Bikini, bombed North Korea, fought off Vietnam, accidentally sank an American ship, toured on patrol numerous times and is now a historical landmark in Charleston, SC. It cost $10M to refit recently.

USS LAFFEY. LAFFEY was "The Ship That Would Not Die." LAFFEY was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and earned five battle stars

USS LAFFEY. LAFFEY was "The Ship That Would Not Die." LAFFEY was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and earned five battle stars

Destroyer USS Laffey steaming alongside another American ship, South Pacific, 4 Sep 1942 (US Naval History & Heritage Command)

[Photo] Laffey steaming alongside another American ship, South Pacific, 4 Sep 1942

USS Laffey a Benson-class destroyer, steams alongside another US ship in the South Pacific, Sept The Benson class was 30 thirty strong; last of the class was built in late heroic participant in the battle of Guadalcanal.

USS LAFFEY. LAFFEY was "The Ship That Would Not Die." LAFFEY was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and earned five battle stars

USS LAFFEY. LAFFEY was "The Ship That Would Not Die." LAFFEY was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and earned five battle stars

Battered by devastating kamikaze strikes of Okinawa, the crew of the destroyer USS Laffey fought heroically to save their lives and their ship.

Battered by devastating kamikaze strikes of Okinawa, the crew of the destroyer USS Laffey fought heroically to save their lives and their ship.

Hell from the Heavens : The Epic Story of the Uss Laffey and World War II's Greatest Kamikaze Attack

Hell from the Heavens : The Epic Story of the Uss Laffey and World War II's Greatest Kamikaze Attack

Uss Laffey, The Heavens, World War Ii, World War Two, Wwii, World War 2

USS Laffey (DD-724)Tom W. Freeman’s painting 'Trial by Fire depicts the April 1945 Japanese attack on the destroyer .

USS Laffey W. Freeman’s painting 'Trial by Fire depicts the April 1945 Japanese attack on the destroyer .

DD724 USS Laffey

USS Laffey Association works for eduation and preservation for USS Laffey DD 724 at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Hell from the Heavens : The Epic Story of the Uss Laffey and World War II's Greatest Kamikaze Attack

Hell from the Heavens : The Epic Story of the Uss Laffey and World War II's Greatest Kamikaze Attack

Image of the USS Laffey (DD-724) Destroyer Warship

Image used to illustrate the details of the USS Laffey Destroyer Warship

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