WWII veterans return for the USS Laffey Homecoming

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The men who served on the USS Laffey returned to the destroyer for the first time after its three year $9.2 million restoration. The veterans aboard the Laffey said things look different than when they first stepped on board, but are pleased that the legacy of the vessel will carry on.

Many of the men were teenagers when they first stepped aboard the Laffey. Some of them said they felt like kids again touring the ship and checking out the galley. One of the veterans who traveled from New York City said returning to the Laffey brings back good and bad memories but he's just glad that it's still here.

"I enjoy going to it, my battle station and everything you know. I really appreciated it, what the guys did for this ship," said Survivor Daniel Essig.

The homecoming celebration for the Laffey was planned to coincide with the 67th anniversary of the attack the ship survived during the Battle of Okinawa.

A wreath ceremony will take place on board Sunday at 1 p.m. to remember the attacks. The event is free for the public.

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