On Feb. 8, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and the U.S.S. Laffey Association hosted a free ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the U.S.S. Laffey’s Commissioning as an active duty destroyer in the U.S. Navy.
The ceremony included remarks from former crew members. The Laffey, "The Ship That Would Not Die," is the last remaining Sumner-class destroyer and well known for its role in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.
In addition to World War II, the Laffey later served in the Korean and Cold Wars. The destroyer was decommissioned for the final time on March 9, 1975. After opening to visitors at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in 1981, the Laffey was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.