USS Kidd (DD 661)
Destroyer of the Fletcher class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||15 Dec 1941|
|Laid down||16 Oct 1942|
|Launched||28 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned||23 Apr 1943|
|End service||19 Jun 1964|
USS Kidd is named for Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, who was killed aboard his flagship, USS Arizona, when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Kidd saw heavy action in World War II, participating in nearly every important naval campaign in the Pacific, winning eight battle stars. Kidd and her crew fought gallantly during the invasion of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, the Philippines at Leyte Gulf, and off Okinawa, where she survived a kamikaze attack on the 11th April, 1945 which killed 38 and wounded 56 including the Commanding officer Commander Harry Grimshaw Moore and the Executive officer Lieutenant Burdick Heinkel Brittin who assumed Command. In 1951, the destroyer was deployed to Korean waters, where it won another four battle stars for service. Decommissioned in 1964, Kidd entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet and was berthed at Philadelphia until 1982, when ownership was transferred to the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission. Never modernized, Kidd is the only destroyer to retain its World War II appearance. She is now on public view as a museum vessel in Baton Rouge.
Commands listed for USS Kidd (DD 661)
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|1||Allan Barkhurst Roby, Sr., USN||23 Apr 1943||28 Aug 1944|
|2||Harry Grimshaw Moore, USN||28 Aug 1944||11 Apr 1945|
|3||Lt. Burdick Heinkel Brittin, USNR||11 Apr 1945||12 Apr 1945|
|4||Lt. Robert Mannion Kenney, USN||12 Apr 1945||29 Apr 1945|
|5||Frederick Marshall Bush, Jr., USNR||29 Apr 1945||10 Dec 1946|
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