USS Kidd , a Fletcher-class destroyer, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died on the bridge of his flagship USS Arizona during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Admiral Kidd was the first US flag officer to die during World War II, and the first American admiral ever to be killed in action. A National Historic Landmark, she is now a museum ship, berthed on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.World War IIKidd was launched 28 February 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. Isaac C. Kidd, widow of Rear Admiral Kidd, and commissioned 23 April 1943, Commander Allan Roby in command. During her initial cruise to the Brooklyn Naval Shipyards, she sailed across New York Harbor with the Jolly Roger flying from the foremast. Subsequently, during outfitting, her crew adopted the pirate captain William Kidd as their mascot, and commissioned a local artist to paint a pirate figure on the forward smokestack.Put USS Kidd at the forefront of your travel plans using our Baton Rouge travel route planning website .
USS Kidd Reviews
We were traveling down the river on the American Queen and were docked right next to the Kidd. A very well done museum with some good material on WW I. Lot of focus and recognition on service of those... more »
We were in town July of last year and this was our second visit to the ship. This is a must if you want to get first hand experience on a ship like this. This ship tells a lot of stories behind it. more »
We took our 3 grandsons ages 4-13, and they all loved the experience. The young one enjoyed the climbing and exploring. The older two boys enjoyed learning about the ship's contribution to the Korean War, and how the men lived at sea. Highly recommend for a great family time.
We stayed over night and it was awesome! I was with a bunch of High School kids (mostly girls) that were apprehensive at first but as soon as we got on the ship all that changed! The sleeping quarters were very comfortable, heated and cooled, and with modern working toilets and showers. The tour guide Larry was great! He was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We are now planning on making the USS Kidd a yearly trip.
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