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Patriots Point to host 70th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa aboard USS Laffey

USS Laffey. (Source: Patriots Point) USS Laffey. (Source: Patriots Point)
MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Patriots Point is commemorating the 70th anniversary of an attack that earned the USS Laffey the nickname "The Ship That Would Not Die." 

The USS Laffey was attacked by 22 Japanese kamikaze planes while stationed off the coast of Okinawa on April 16, 1945 during World War II. The badly damaged destroyer survived the attack, in which 32 crew members were killed. 

A memorial service will be held on the destroyer Thursday at 11 a.m. South Carolina Rep. James E. Smith Jr., whose grandfather, Paul B. Smith, served as a gunnery officer on the Laffey during WWII, will serve as a guest speaker for the service. 

Following the service, a Meet & Greet with WWII veterans will be held at 1:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Normal admission rates will apply. 

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