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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NYKF

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - LITTLE BEAR

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. October 16 1942.
Launched February 28 1943 and commissioned April 23 1943.
Decommissioned December 10 1946 and recommissioned March 28 1951.
Decommissioned June 19 1964.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Preserved as a memorial, berthed in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
Note: An outstanding job of preservation, well worth the visit - FW

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Isaac Campbell Kidd was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 26 March 1884. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1902, graduating with the Class of 1906 in February of that year, and was commissioned an Ensign in 1908. Kidd participated in the 1907-09 "Great White Fleet" cruise around the World while serving in USS New Jersey (BB-16). Following service in USS North Dakota (BB-29) and USS Pittsburgh (Armored Cruiser # 4), he became Aide and Flag Secretary to the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, the first of his many flag staff assignments. He was an instructor at the Naval Academy in 1916-17. During and after the First World War, Kidd was stationed on USS New Mexico (BB-40), then had further staff and Naval Academy service. He was executive officer of the battleship Utah (BB-31) in 1925-26, then commanded USS Vega (AK-17) until becoming Captain of the Port at Chrisobal, Panama Canal Zone in 1927-30. Promoted to the rank of Captain, he was Chief of Staff to Commander, Base Force, U.S. Fleet in 1930-32. After three years at the Bureau of Navigation in Washington, D.C., he was Commander Destroyer Squadron ONE, Scouting Force, in 1935-36. Captain Kidd next attended the Naval War College and served on the College staff. He was Commanding Officer of USS Arizona (BB-39) from September 1938 until February 1940, when he was promoted to Rear Admiral and assigned as Commander Battleship Division ONE and Chief of Staff to Commander, Battleships, Battle Force. On 7 December 1941, he was killed in action on board Arizona during the Pearl Harbor Raid. Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Pearl Harbor attack. [1] Photo #: NH 48579-KN. Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, USN (1884-1941) portrait in oils by Heiter. It was received from USS Kidd (DD-661) after she was decommissioned in 1964.Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. [2] Tombstone at the Naval Academy, February 2008.[1] Bill Gonyo

[2] Larry Backus
Kidd 74kArtist's conception of the Kidd by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Kidd 80kUndated World War II image.Captain Jerry Mason USN
Kidd 36kUndated, location unknown.Wally Brockway
Kidd 122kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Kidd 135kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Kidd 190kUndated postcard view from San Diego of the USS Hopewell (DD-681), USS Wedderburn (DD-684), USS Kidd (DD-661) and the USS Uhlmann (DD-687).Tommy Trampp
Kidd 73kInvitation to the Christening and Launching February 28 1943.Kaj Swenson
Kidd 56kTicket to the Christening and Launching February 28 1943.Kaj Swenson
Kidd 64kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Thorn (DD-647), USS Turner (DD-648), USS Bullard (DD-660) and USS Kidd (DD-661) on February 2 1943. Courtesy of Kerman
Kidd 70kView of Kidd October or November, 1943. By Tom McCann, USS Harrison.John Chiquoine
Kidd 88kStern view of USS Kidd (DD 661) off Mare Island on 8 Feb 1945. YTL-98 is alongside Kidd and was constructed at Mare Island in 1919.Darryl Baker
Kidd 88kBroadside view of USS Kidd (DD 661) off Mare Island on 8 Feb 1945. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 25 Dec 44 until 11 Feb 45.Darryl Baker
Kidd 90kBow on view of USS Kidd (DD 661) in the Mare Island channel on 8 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Kidd 232kFebruary 8 1945 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 144kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 23kHunter's Point July 1945.Robert Hurst
Kidd 147kHunter's Point August 7 1945.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 184kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 108kLocation unknown, early 1950s.Marc Piché
Kidd 91kCirca 1950, location unknown.David Buell
Kidd 72kLocation unknown, early 1950s.Marc Piché
Kidd 185kUSS Kidd (DD-661) underway at the time she was recommissioned for Korean War service, circa March 1951. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was taken much earlier. Note that the ship still carries World War II vintage radar antennas and is otherwise fitted as she was in mid-1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107198.Robert Hurst
Kidd 165kUSS Kidd lays depth charges during antisubmarine exercises, September 15 1958.Tommy Trampp
Kidd 44kNew York Harbor, September 1961© Richard Leonhardt
Kidd 33kNew York Harbor, September 1961© Richard Leonhardt
Kidd 35kNew York Harbor, September 1961© Richard Leonhardt
Kidd 132kJuly 1964 while she was in mothballs in Philadelphia. This sonar dome picture shows the dome wrapped in paper probably to keep hull paint off. The next picture shows seachests 22 and 23 on the bottom.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 157kSee aboveEd Zajkowski
Kidd 154kSee aboveEd Zajkowski
Kidd 143kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard in early 1964.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 143kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 134kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 150kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 157kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Kidd 37kAs a memorial in Baton Rouge November 1986.Marc Piché
Kidd 62kAs a memorial in Baton Rouge June 17 2001.Steve Schar
Kidd 33kAs a memorial in Baton Rouge.Bill Gonyo
Kidd 187kA tour of the USS Kidd as she appears as a memorial in Baton Rouge in 23 images. Crew berthing.Tommy Browning
Kidd 181kAs above, crew berthing.Tommy Browning
Kidd 132kAs above, crew berthing.Tommy Browning
Kidd 130kAs above, crew showers.Tommy Browning
Kidd 116kAs above, crew's head.Tommy Browning
Kidd 209kAs above, 20 mm guns.Tommy Browning
Kidd 170kAs above, port side looking aft, torpedo tubes.Tommy Browning
Kidd 232kAs above, port side looking aft, Mark 6 "K" Guns.Tommy Browning
Kidd 156kAs above, port side looking aft, 40mm guns.Tommy Browning
Kidd 188kAs above, port side looking forward, 20mm and 40mm guns.Tommy Browning
Kidd 105kAs above, port side looking forward, 20mm and 5"/38 guns.Tommy Browning
Kidd 177kAs above, aft Mark 9 depth charge racks.Tommy Browning
Kidd 164kAs above, aft 5"/38 guns.Tommy Browning
Kidd 105kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 123kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 146kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 161kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 145kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 161kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 190kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 163kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 98kAs above.Tommy Browning
Kidd 153kAs above.Tommy Browning
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Kidd as she appeared in Baton Rouge on May 15 2014.
Larry Backus
Kidd 135kShip's patch.Jim Michels

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Allan Barkhurst Roby Sr.    Apr 23 1943 - Aug 28 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Harry Grimshaw Moore    Aug 28 1944 - Apr 11 1945
LT Burdick Heinkel Brittin    Apr 11 1945 - Apr 12 1945 (Acting)
LT Robert Mannion Kenney    Apr 12 1945 - Apr 29 1945 (Acting)
CDR Fred Marshall Bush Jr.    Apr 29 1945 - Dec 10 1946
(Decommissioned Dec 10 1946 - Mar 28 1951)
CDR Robert Emmett Jeffery    Mar 28 1951 - Feb 28 1952
CDR Charles Arthur Bellis    Feb 28 1952 - Apr 15 1953
CDR Lyttleton Brockenbrough Ensey    Apr 15 1953 - Jul 2 1955 (Later VADM)
CDR Daniel Edward Bergin    Jul 2 1955 - Dec 17 1956 (Later RADM)
CDR William Eells Betzer    Dec 17 1956 - Aug 5 1958
CDR Robert John Baxter    Aug 5 1958 - Apr 12 1960
CDR David Thomas Hafner    Apr 12 1960 - Aug 7 1961
CDR Robert Harry Cook    Aug 7 1961 - Oct 30 1961
CDR Raymond V. Moser Jr.    Oct 30 1961 - Jul 31 1962
CDR Robert J. Winton    Jul 31 1962 - Sep 30 1963
CDR Robert Edgar Adams    Sep 30 1963 - Apr 15 1964
LCDR Porter Eugene May    Apr 15 1964 - Jun 19 1964

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