BlueJacket USS Kidd



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BlueJacket USS Kidd

The USS Kidd was named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who was killed aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The destroyer was constructed by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Kearny, New Jersey, and was launched on February 28, 1943. The USS Kidd was commissioned into the U.S. Navy on April 23, 1943, under the command of Commander Allan Roby.

During World War II, the USS Kidd participated in numerous combat operations in the Pacific Theater. The destroyer conducted anti-submarine patrols, provided naval gunfire support during amphibious landings, and escorted aircraft carriers and supply convoys. The USS Kidd played a key role in the Battle of Okinawa and the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

One of the USS Kidd’s most notable engagements during World War II was the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944. The destroyer helped defend U.S. fleet carriers from Japanese aircraft and contributed to the successful outcome of the battle, which became known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”.

After the end of World War II, the USS Kidd underwent a refit and was recommissioned for service in the Korean War. The destroyer provided fire support for United Nations forces and conducted anti-submarine patrols off the coast of Korea.

In 1964, the USS Kidd was decommissioned and eventually transferred to the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The destroyer was opened to the public as a museum ship in 1982 and is now part of the USS Kidd Veterans Museum complex.

The USS Kidd was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its significance as a well-preserved example of a World War II-era destroyer. The museum ship showcases the history of the USS Kidd and honors the service and sacrifice of American sailors.

Today, the USS Kidd museum ship serves as a living tribute to the crew members who served aboard the destroyer during its wartime missions. Visitors can explore the ship’s interior, learn about its history, and pay homage to the legacy of the U.S. Navy’s brave sailors.

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