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USS KIDDER (DD-319)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJX

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco March 5 1919.
Launched July 10 1919 and commissioned February 7 1921.
Decommissioned March 18 1930.
Stricken July 22 1930.
Fate Stripped at San Diego, hulk sold October 31 1930 to Bethlehem Steel Alameda, scrap completed August 1931.

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-Hugh P. Kidder was born in Waukon. Iowa, in 1897. He was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre with palm and star during World War I for courage and endurance while carrying orders to advanced positions under violent machine gun fire during a period of 9 days. Lt. Kidder was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism near Blanch Mont. France, 2 to 3 October 1918 when he led a small patrol into enemy trenches and captured two strong machine gun positions. First Lieutenant Kidder was killed in action 3 October attempting to better his position in the face of heavy machine gun and artillery fire.Robert M. Cieri
Kidder 133kU.S. Navy destroyers fitting out, At the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Union Plant, Potrero Works, San Francisco, California, on 1 April 1920. Ships present are (from left to right): Kidder (Destroyer # 319); Selfridge (Destroyer # 320); Chase (Destroyer # 323); Mervine (Destroyer # 322); Marcus (Destroyer # 321); LaVallette (Destroyer # 315); and Yarborough (Destroyer # 314). Photograph from the Collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-LC-38-L-3.Robert Hurst
Kidder 96kUSS Kidder underway, off Pacific Coast outside San Diego Harbor. Photo by renowned naval photographer O.W. Waterman, after relocating his studio to San Diego [722 Broadway] from East Coast, sometime around 1919.Jim Geldert
Kidder 82kCirca 1920s, location unknown.Daniel Dunham/Robert Hurst
Kidder 200kUSS Kidder (DD 319) in San Francisco Bay in 1921. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.David Buell/Darryl Baker
Kidder 75kSan Diego, CA circa 1920's. USS Shirk (DD-318), USS Kidder (DD-319), USS La Vallette (DD-315), USS Sloat (DD-316), USS Yarborough (DD-314) and USS Wood (DD-317). Naval Historical Center photo NH 69509.Daniel Dunham
Kidder 53kCirca early 1920's. The four destroyers nearest the camera at the left are the USS La Vallette (DD-315), USS Wood (DD-317), USS Yarborough (DD-314) and USS Kidder (DD-319). Naval Historical Center photo NH 71034.Daniel Dunham
Kidder 337kAerial view of six destroyers in Mare Island's dry dock #2 between August 13 - 25, 1922. The shipyard's records indicate that the six destroyers were in hull number order as: USS Yarborough (DD 314), USS La Vallette (DD 315), USS Sloat (DD 316), USS Wood (DD 317), USS Shirk (DD 318) and USS Kidder (DD 319).Darryl Baker
Kidder 62kUS Beaver (AS-5) leads the USS Kidder (DD-319) and USS MacDonough (DD-331) out to sea through the Golden Gate April 15 1925. Naval Historical Center photo NH 72402.Daniel Dunham
Kidder 82kStripped and awaiting scrapping at Alameda, CA, March 22 1931. Naval Historical Center photo NH 73003.Daniel Dunham

USS KIDDER DD-319 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Harry Jefferson Abbett    Feb 7 1921 - ?
LCDR Fred Fremont Rogers    Aug 1921 - ?
LCDR Chauncey Armlyn Lucas    ? 1923 - ?
LCDR Walter Stratton Anderson    ? (Later VADM)
CDR Henry Atwood Orr    Dec 4 1924 - Oct 1 1925
LCDR Wilder DuPuy Baker    Oct 1 1925 - ? (Later VADM) 
LCDR John Warburton Gates    ? 1929 - Mar 18 1930

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