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USS LAFFEY (DD-459)

CLASS - BRISTOL As Built.
Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,San Francisco. January 13 1941.
Launched October 30 1941 and commissioned March 31 1942.
Fate Sunk by Gunfire from Japanese Battleship Hiei off Guadalcanal November 13 1942.
nearly all of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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-Bartlett Laffey, born in Ireland in 1841, enlisted in the Navy 17 March 1862 and was assigned to stern wheel gunboat Marmora. On 5 March 1864, the Confederates launched a heavy attack on Union positions at Yazoo City, Miss. In the midst of heated battle Laffey landed a 12-pound howitzer and her crew. Despite enemy rifle fire which cut up the gun carriage and severed the rammer, Laffey bravely stood by his gun and contributed greatly to turning back the flerce Confederate assault. Seaman Laffey was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous stand. He died at Chelsea, Mass., 22 March 1901.Robert M. Cieri
Laffey 82kArtist's conception of the Laffey as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Laffey 238kSan Francisco, October 30 1941, first of a long line of destroyers and cruisers to be launched at the San Francisco yard of the Bethlehem Steel Company, the destroyer U.S.S. Laffey skids down the ways to the sea. The Laffey is a 1700-ton craft of the Bristol class. Her principal armament consists of five five-inch guns and 10 21-inch torpedo tubes. Acme Photos.Bill Gonyo
Laffey 60kLaunching of the USS Laffey (DD-459) on Oct. 30, 1941 at Bethlehem Steel in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of the USS Laffey Association.Bill Gonyo
Laffey 114kUSS Laffey (DD-459) alongside a cruiser (either Salt Lake City or Pensacola) with survivors of USS Wasp (CV-7) on board, probably at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. Wasp had been sunk by a Japanese submarine on 15 September 1942. Note Laffey's smokestacks, Searchlight, mainmast, depth charges, and fully outfitted liferaft. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Laffey 102kUSS Laffey (DD-459) steams alongside another U.S. Navy ship, while at sea in the south Pacific on 4 September 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Laffey 84kUSS Laffey (DD-459) in harbor, probably at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, with survivors of USS Wasp (CV-7) on board. Wasp had been sunk by a Japanese submarine on 15 September 1942. Cruiser in the left background is USS Helena (CL-50), with a destroyer tied to her starboard side. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Laffey 124kUSS Laffey (DD-459) maneuvering alongside a cruiser (either Salt Lake City or Pensacola), with survivors of USS Wasp (CV-7) on board, probably at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. Wasp had been sunk by a Japanese submarine on 15 September 1942. Cruiser in the right background is USS Juneau (CL-52). Note the aircraft catapult on the cruiser from which the photo was taken. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Laffey 109kUSS Laffey (DD-459) Fitting out, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, San Francisco, California, 3 January 1942. Note the bright metal finish of her pilothouse and smokestacks, and the city skyline in the distance. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Laffey 139kUSS Laffey (DD-459) In harbor, probably at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, with survivors of USS Wasp (CV-7) on board. Wasp had been sunk by a Japanese submarine on 15 September 1942. Cruiser in the center background is USS Juneau (CL-52). Note Laffey's 5"/38 guns, depth charges, and life rafts. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the
UNITED STATES SHIP USS LAFFEY (DD-459)
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For outstanding performance during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific area, 15 September to 13 November 1942. Braving hostile file to rescue survivors in submarine-infested waters, the LAFFEY, after fighting effectively in the Battle of Cape Esperance, successfully repelled an aerial torpedo attack, and although badly crippled and set afire, inflicted severe damage on Japanese naval units off Savo Island. Eventually succumbing to her wounds after the enemy had fled in defeat, she left behind her an illustrious example of heroic fighting spirit."
For the President, James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy
Bill Gonyo
Laffey 147kMap of Iron Bottom Sound indicating where ships were sunk during the Battle of Guadacanal.Ron Reeves

USS LAFFEY DD-459 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Edwin Hank    Mar 31 1942 - Nov 13 1944

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ari Phoutrides
Address:
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E-mail: asphou@spiritone.com


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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Laffey (DD-459/DD-724) Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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