Class: Allen M. Sumner Destroyer

Launched: November 21, 1943

At: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

Commissioned: February 8, 1944

Length: 377 feet

Beam: 41 feet

Draft: 19 feet

Displacement: 2,200 tons

Armament: Six 5-inch/38 caliber guns; six 21-inch torpedo tubes


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Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

(843) 884-2727

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Latitude: 32.788425, Longitude: -79.908553

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The only preserved Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer in the U.S., as well as the only surviving U.S. World War II destroyer that saw action in the Atlantic, USS Laffey acted as an escort for convoys to Great Britain. On D-Day, the destroyer helped bombard Utah Beach at Normandy.

Sent into the Pacific, Laffey was involved in one of the most famous destroyer-kamikaze duels in the war. Hit several times, racked by explosions and fires, Laffey remained afloat because of the valiant efforts of her crew to earn the sobriquet “the ship that would not die.” Laffey earned five battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation for her World War II service and two battle stars for her Korean War service.

Stricken from the Navy Register in 1977, Laffey is now displayed with the aircraft carrier Yorktown, and submarine Clamagore.

USS Laffey is a National Historic Landmark.

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