USS Kidd (DD-661) is a World War II Fletcher-class destroyer.
She was built by the Federal Shipbuilding and
Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey and commissioned
on April 23, 1943.
Kidd was named for Rear Admiral Issac C. Kidd
Sr. who was killed aboard his flagship, USS
Arizona, during the surprise attack on Pear
Harbor. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of
Honor for bravery.
Kidd had flush deckers with two funnels and five
5-inch guns. They were larger in size than any
previous class of destroyers and when fully loaded
carried the fuel, ammunition, and stores needed for
extensive sea duty in the Pacific. Their large size
enabled them to carry their 5-inch guns in enclosed
mounts, 10 torpedo tubes in two quintuple banks,
depth charges, and large batteries of antiaircraft
Kidd served with distinction during the war and
saw action in some of the heaviest battles with the
Japanese from 1943 to 1945. On April 11, 1945,
during the invasion of Okinawa, USS Kidd was
struck by a Japanese kamikaze and sufferedt 38 death
and 55 wounded. She received four battle stars for
her World War II service.
USS Kidd is the
only surviving Fletcher-class destroyer not
modernized by the U.S. Navy. She retains her World
War II integrity and is in excellent condition.