My Memorial Day book recommendation is
“Hell from the Heavens
by John Wukovits
, the true story account of the USS Laffey and her crew fighting the greatest Kamikaze attack of WWII. The courage displayed by the crew fighting off 22 Kamikazes over 80 minutes on the morning of April 16, 1945 reflects the highest ideals of service that made our Nation and is emblematic of why we remember their sacrifice on Memorial Day. My Grandfather, then LT. Paul B. Smith and Laffey plank-owner, was the head Gunnery Officer that fateful day, receiving the Silver Star for his valor. Whenever asked, he always credited the Skipper, Captain Julian Becton, and the crew for the ship’s survival that day. The USS Laffey became forever known as “The Ship That Would Not Die,” and you can still visit her today and walk in the steps of heroes at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC.