USS LAWS DD-558 Destroyer
SIZE: 4 1/2" Round
Embroidered Patch with Heat Sealed Backing
USS Laws (DD-558), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Alexander Laws, who served in the Navy during the Quasi-War and First Barbary War in the early 19th century. Laws was laid down on 19 May 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Washington; launched on 22 April 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Mary A. Farwell; and commissioned on 18 November 1943, Commander Lester O. Wood in command. Laws was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 April 1973, and was sold to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., of Portland, Oregon, on 3 December 1973. She was transferred to the buyer on 28 December 1973 to be broken up for scrap. Laws received nine battle stars for World War II service and two stars for Korean War service. USS Laws can be seen briefly in TV's Kraft Suspense Theatre episode: "Streetcar, do you Read Me?" as position ship alpha.