USS Laffey (i) (DD 459)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co. (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||1 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||13 Jan 1941|
|Launched||30 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||31 Mar 1942|
|Lost||13 Nov 1942|
USS Laffey (Lt.Cdr. William Edwin Hank, USN) fought several battles as the Navy's youngest destroyer. At Guadalcanal, 14-inch shells from the Japanese battleship Hiei ripped her open, starting fires. The order to abandon ship was given as a torpedo came and tore her to pieces, detonating her depth charges. 59 of the crew died and 186 were rescued by higgin boats though 114 were wounded. The Commanding officer was killed in the sinking and the Laffey earned a Presidential Unit Citation for this action.
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Edwin Hank, USN||31 Mar 1942||13 Nov 1942 (+)|
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