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USS Kidd, Baton Rouge

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Military Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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USS Kidd (DD-661), 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, and is the only surviving US destroyer still in her World War II configuration.
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  • My son and I had a great time touring the museum building and the ship. I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy the ship so much. It was amazing how tight the quarters were. We had a lot of fun debating... 
    My son and I had a great time touring the museum building and the ship. I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy the ship so much. It was amazing how tight the quarters were. We had a lot of fun debating...  more »
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my visit because I know that without our veterans we would not have such a great country! For less than $10 , I spent 4+ hours touring the incredibly maintained and historically....  more
    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit because I know that without our veterans we would not have such a great country! For less than $10 , I spent 4+ hours touring the incredibly maintained and historically....  more »
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  • Downtown Baton Rouge is awesome! Always something to see, visit or tour. Riverboats and the Belle Casino on the River and the lighted and benches on the brick walk on top the Levee is a great view of the Mississippi River. Or take a walk down 3rd Street for restaurants and bars to fine dining. On the downside I have noticed a lot of homeless people are onus the area, but they really have not caused any problems. You will notice signs about picking up your dogs poo, but what they need is signs saying not to litter! That’s the reason for a 4 come on Baton Rouge pick up litter not so much dog poo! Just my opinion!
  • Imagine being in the middle of the ocean and isolated from all the world. Now Imagine the vessel is not a safe home away from home but an industrial machine. You and your shipmate are packed in that purpose built machine with all the other gears and cogs. You're the softest most delicate component and other machines want to destroy the one you're a part of. You'll eat, sleep, shave, and work as a part in the machine. If the machine fails to protect you you will have to survive the vast uninhabitable sea where the mercy of fate will determine how long you stuggle before it ends one way or another. This is a well rounded exhibition from the museum building to The Vessel herself. I am a big history enthusiast (or nerd) and I was taken back by being able to walk the corridors and tight workstations. The accessibility took me to a new level of understanding and empathy for what my parents' parents went through. Understanding their commitment by seeing their sacrifice gave me a new appreciation.

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