MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Veterans and crew members of the U.S.S. Laffey came together Saturday to remember the thirty-two lives lost during an attack on Okinawa in World War II.
During the attack on April 16, 1945, seven Japanese pilots crashed into the ship followed by additional bomb detonations. Crew members fought off the attack and saved the ship from sinking.
On Saturday, 71 years later, hundreds gathered on that beloved ship to honor heroism and service to the country.
"We're doing this work in their honor and just to preserve the history of this ship," Sonny Walker, president of the U.S.S. Laffey Association, said. "This is the last of its kind in the world, and It's very important for us to honor the people that were killed."
The Laffey is currently a museum ship at Patriot's Point in Mount Pleasant, along with the U.S.S. Yorktown, and the U.S.S. Clamagore.