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USS Kidd Museum, Baton Rouge

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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.
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  • We watch the river levels so we head down to the area pretty often. Love the history, love the people and their knowledge. Definitely a place to head for a tour!  more »
  • USS KIDD is a WW II Destroyer which was the US Navy's major destroyer type in WW II Approximately 188 Fletcher class ships were built before and during WW II. Self guided tour most of the time. All US...  more »
  • If you are a history buff, do not miss this attraction. The tour guides are retired military volunteers.  more »
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  • Loved this exhibit. I don't know anything about war ships but the remodeling job and authentic looked amazing. Inside exhibit was just as nice. Definitely something you HAVE to do if your in town. Price was nice and the experience was overall one I'll never forget.
  • Our family visited on a Saturday afternoon. It was a lot of fun. We enjoyed seeing first hand what it feels like to be on a battle ship. We met and talked with one of the volunteers that keep the USS Kidd maintained. The ship is well cared for. The museum was very interesting. Our young boys really liked the model ships.
  • My first time exploring a real Decommissioned Destroyer battleship. Absolutely eye-opening, exciting and educational! Great for all ages! You can stay overnight as a kid too. I wish there was a night for adults! It was awesome to see the halls of memorials to the multitude of veterans of Louisiana. Louisiana surely is a home of brave people.
  • Very well reserved. The staff was extremely friendly & helpful. Lots of history. You get to explore the ship. Just make sure you wear closed toe shoes and would be a better trip to take with kids 6 and up. Definitely worth seeing.
  • The museum is a great place to learn about our past naval history. The models on display are amazing as well as other exhibits. The staff and volunteers are very friendly. Youth groups with children ages 4-18 can spend the night on the Kidd. What a great experience!

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