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The U.S.S. Laffey - By Robert F. Sumrall

This publication, covering the technical and operational history of the USS Kidd (DD-661), is currently out of print. There are possibly remaining copies which may be purchased from the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, contact wwhills@infoave.net.

This publication introduces a new series of books from TIN CAN SAILORS, the National Association of Destroyer Veterans. It is devoted to the USS Laffey (DD-724), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, and covers it's technical and operational history.

The technical portion not only explores the exterior of the ship where the guns radar and other features are clearly visible but also the areas deep inside where the magazines, machinery and other equitment neccessary to operate the ship are located. This section is a presentation of "how things work".

The operational history follows the Laffey from the time she was built until she became a museum ship at Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charelston harbor, South Carolina. The story of her service during World War II, the Korean war and Cold War periods is illustrated with numerous photgraphs and graphics.

The series is written by noted naval historian and author Robert F. Sumrall; graphics and color renderings are by John R. Barrett ; and the cover art and paintings are courtesy of Tom Freeman.

The USS Laffey (DD-724) book consists of seventy two pages plus covers. Eight pages and the covers are in full color, as are more than twenty of the 100 photgraphs. Four line drawings show the Laffey in her various service configurations, and seven tables cover general information and data. There is also a map illustrating the April 16,1945 kamikaze attack.




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