Allied Warships

USS Kidd (DD 661)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 661 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Dec 1941 
Laid down16 Oct 1942 
Launched28 Feb 1943 
Commissioned23 Apr 1943 
End service19 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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1Allan Barkhurst Roby, Sr., USN23 Apr 194328 Aug 1944
2Harry Grimshaw Moore, USN28 Aug 194411 Apr 1945
3Lt. Burdick Heinkel Brittin, USNR11 Apr 194512 Apr 1945
4Lt. Robert Mannion Kenney, USN12 Apr 194529 Apr 1945
5Frederick Marshall Bush, Jr., USNR29 Apr 194510 Dec 1946

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