World Battlefronts: Laffey and Goliath

And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him.. . . And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead. . . .

—I Samuel 17.

On the night of Nov. 12-13, at the height of a raging sea battle in the Solomons, the Navy's speedy, slickly new destroyer Laffey performed one of the great naval feats of World War II. Last week the Twelfth Naval District at San Francisco released the story:

Commanding the Laffey was a six-foot, blond, fun-loving Virginian, Lieut. Commander William E. Hank....

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