VIDEO– April 16, 1945–0830:
The USS Laffey was on screening patrol off the northern coast of Okinawa when 50 Japanese Kamikaze fighters attacked the ship. The Sailors fought them off for 80 minutes. In the end, 22 Sailors lost their lives. The USS Laffey sustained heavy damaged but did not go down. She was given the nickname “The ship that would not sink.” This battle is considered the most fierce attack in US Naval History, and here’s the link to the actual footage of that battle. :-) It does have voice over, but the images are, oh so real.
Enjoy a little piece of history, lest we forget.