Laffey crew members to honor fallen with memorial

The U.S.S. Laffey
The U.S.S. Laffey

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Crew members who served aboard the most-decorated World War II destroyer in existence will pay tribute to the fallen at Patriots Point on Tuesday.

Men who served aboard the U.S.S. Laffey, also known as "the ship that would not die" will honor their friends and shipmates with a memorial service as part of their annual reunion.

Veterans who served on the Laffey from World War II to the Cold War will honor those killed in action and pay tribute to those who have passed since.

Laffey President Sony Walker will speak at the ceremony, which will include a wreath-laying.

The Laffey got its name after because it wouldn't sink despite being the target of multiple bombing raids and kamikaze attacks from the Japanese. The ship underwent a $9.2 million restoration in North Charleston before being returned to Patriots Point earlier this year.

The public is invited to attend today's ceremony on board the ship. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. The price is normal admission and a $5 parking fee.

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