Laffey offers D-Day history to Lowcountry
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Today marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day.
More than 150,000 Allied troops poured onto the northern coast of France. The battle marked the beginning of defeat for the Nazi regime during World War Two. It was the largest sea borne invasion in history.
But did you know the USS Laffey right here in the Lowcountry played a role?
"The USS Laffey was actually screening seaward during D-Day," David Clark, Director of Museum Services at Patriots Point said.
Clark says the Laffey took out two German gun emplacements June 8 and June 9.
"She was actually physically in the fight."
Between the ships role in both D-Day and Okinawa, she earned the nickname 'The ship that would not die.'
Today, the Laffey is in dry dock at the old navy base in North Charleston.