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THE SHIP THAT WOULD NOT DIE: USS Laffey (DD-724), by RADM F. Julian Becton. At Okinawa, Laffey was attacked by no less than 22 Kamikazes. Becton uses gripping, white-knuckle narrative to detail the valiant efforts to defend
THE SHIP THAT WOULD NOT DIE: USS Laffey (DD-724), by RADM F. Julian Becton, USN. Julian Becton was the only man who could have written this book: he was Commanding Officer of the Laffey in WWII, and he kept meticulous notes and detailed memories of every event. The Laffey was commissioned late in early 1944, and first entered into combat on D-Day at Normandy where she participated in gun duels with the German shore artillery. After D-Day, Laffey transited to the Pacific, and it was at Okinawa that the Laffey, her skipper, and crew gained lasting fame as heroes of the United States Navy. On radar picket duty at Okinawa, Laffey was attacked by no less than 22 Kamikaze aircraft. Becton uses gripping, white-knuckle narrative to detail the valiant efforts to defend his ship. Laffey would that day lose 33 sailors while sustaining unbelievable structural damage. The photos of the damage from the Kamikazes, bombs, shells, and strafing reveal destruction that ships were not designed to withstand. However, Laffey's damage control teams and assistance from other ships kept her afloat, and she soon began the long trip back to San Francisco where complete repairs were made. Laffy continued to serve the US Navy Fleet for years after WWII. Softcover. 293 pages, with b/w photos.