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SERIES:   D19533- 4
DATE:   05-25-1945
DESCRIPTION:   The U.S.S. Laffey was on display at Tacoma Municipal Dock after being hit by five Japanese kamikaze planes and four bombs in an attack 30 miles north of Okinawa. The crew suffered 103 casualties--32 dead and 71 wounded. The destroyer, "riddled like a sieve above the water-line"--the hull and superstructure twisted by the impact, was drydocked at Todd Shipyards for repairs. In 1946, she participated in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini. (T.Times, 5/26/1945, p.1; Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. IV, pp. 16-19).
IMAGETYPE:   Black & White
ADDRESS:   1025 Dock St.
SUBJECTS:   U.S.S. Laffey; 11th Street Bridge--Tacoma; Vertical lift bridges--Tacoma; Ships; World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations; Piers & wharves--Tacoma; Municipal Dock--Tacoma;
COLLECTION:   Richards Studio Collection
PHOTOGRAPHER:   Trueblood, William
PRINTTYPE:   Contact Print/Proof
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