USS KIDD (DD-661)
Kidd (DD-661) was launched 28 February 1943 by
Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
by Mrs. Isaac C. Kidd
widow of Rear Admiral Kidd
and commissioned 23 April 1943
Comdr. Allan Roby in
After shakedown out of Casco
cruised in the Atlantic and Caribbean escorting large
combatant vessels until she departed for the Pacific in
August 1943 in company with Alabama (BB-60) and South
Dakota (BB-57). Arriving Pearl Harbor 17 September
she got underway 29 September escorting aircraft
carriers toward Wake Island for the heavy air attacks 6
October and returned to Pearl Harbor 11 October 1943.
Mid-October found Kidd underway with a formidable
task force to strike Rabaul and to support the Bougainville
landings. Upon reaching a strike position south of
Rabaul on the morning of 11 November
the task force
struck hard at Japanese positions on the island. Kidd
dropped astern of her formation to rescue the crew of a
plane from aircraft carrier Essex (CV-9) which had
splashed as the American carrier launched a strike at
Rabaul. A group of planes from an extremely heavy
Japanese counterattacking force dove at the destroyer in
an attempt to sink her while she was on her own. Striking
she splashed three Japanese planes and
successfully completed the rescue while skillfully maneuvering
to dodge torpedoes and bombs. Comdr. Roby
received the Silver Star for gallantry during this action.
The destroyer returned to Espiritu Santo 13 November.
Kidd next screened carriers making air attacks on Tarawa
during the Gilbert Island invasion from 19 to 23 November.
On the 24th she spotted 15 low flying enemy
bombers heading toward the heavy ships
and shot down 2 "vals." After Tarawa was secure
remained in the Gilbert Islands to support cleanup operations
before returning to Pearl Harbor 9 December.
On 11 January 1944 Kidd sailed for the forward area
touched at Espiritu Santo
then sailed nest day for Funafuti
arriving 19 January. During the invasion of the
Marshall Islands 29 January to 8 February
heavy ships and bombarded Roi and Wotje
at Kwajalein 26 February.
From 20 March to 14 April Kidd guarded an airstrip
under construction on Emirau and supported the occupation
of Aitape and Hollandia in New Guinea 16 April to 7
May. She fought in the Marianas campaign 10 June to
8 July and helped soften up Guam for invasion 8 July to 10 August.
In need of repairs
Kidd sailed for Pearl Harbor
26 August 1944. On 15 September she departed Pearl
reached Eniwetok 26 September
and arrived Manus 3
October. There she became part of the giant Philippines
invasion fleet and entered Leyte Gulf 20 October. Here
she screened the initial landings and provided fire support
for soldiers who fought to reconquer the island until she
sailed 14 November for Humboldt Bay
riving 19 November. On 9 December Kidd headed toward
Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul and moored at Mare
Island Christmas Day.
Kidd sailed 19 February 1945
to Join Task Force 58 for
the invasion of Okinawa. Trained and battlewise. Kidd
played a key role during the first days of the Okinawa
bombarding key targets
rescuing downed pilots
sinking floating mines
early warning of raids
guarding heavily damaged Franklin
shooting down kamikazes.
While on picket station 11 April 1945
Kidd and her division
Bullard (DD-660) and Chanucey (DD-
with the help of Combat Air Patrol. repelled three air raids.
That afternoon a single enemy plane crashed Kidd
men and wounding 55. As the destroyer headed south to rejoin
the task group
her effective fire drove off enemy planes trying
to finish her. Stopping at Ulithi for temporary patchwork
underway 2 May for the West Coast
arriving Hunter's Point
Naval Shipyard 25 May.
On 1 August 1945
Kidd sailed to Pearl Harbor and returned
to San Diego 24 September 1945 for inactivation. She
decommissioned 10 December 1946 and entered the Pacific
When the United States had allowed her military strength to
shrink beyond the danger point
the Communist struck in Korea.
there were ships in reserve
though it took time to
obtain and train crews and provide material. Kidd
recommissioned 28 March 1951
Lt. Comdr. Robert E. Jeffery in
command; sailed to the Western Pacific 18 June; and arrived
Yokosuka 15 July. She joined Task Force 77 and patrolled off
the Korean coast until 21 September when she sailed for the
East Coast of Korea. From 21 October to 22 January 1952
bombarded targets of opportunity from Wan-Do Island to below
Koesong. She then sailed with Destroyer Division 152 to San
arriving 6 February 1952.
Kidd again got underway for Korea 8 September 1952; joined
the screen of a hunter-killer group near Kojo; and
was back on bombardment missions off North Korea. Shortly
truce talks began. Kidd continued to patrol the
Korean coast- during negotiations
strengthening the position of
American representatives by showing the Communists that we
were ready and able to intensify operations. She departed Far East 3 March
1953 via Midway and Pearl Harbor and arrived San Diego for
overhaul 20 March.
Kidd proceeded to Long Beach 20 April
1953. Next day Swedish freighter Hainan rammed Kidd in
Long Beach harbor requiring repairs until 11 May 1953.
From late 1953 to late 1959 Kidd alternated Westpac cruises
with operations on the West Coast making stops at Pearl Harbor
and various ports in Japan
She visited Sydney
29 March 1958 and later that
year patrolled the Formosa Straits.
Kidd got underway 5 January 1960 for the East Coast via the
arriving Philadelphia 25 January. From there she
made Naval Reserve training cruises to various East Coast ports.
She joined fleet operating forces during the Berlin Crisis in 1961.
December 1961 found Kidd patrolling off the Dominican
Republic in a "show-of force" patrol to provide an element of
security in the troubled Caribbean.
Kidd arrived Norfolk 5 February 1962 and joined Task Force
Alfa for ASW exercises. On 24 April she was assigned to the
Naval Destroyer School at Newport. After a cruise to the
on 1 July 1962 she resumed Naval Reserve training.
Kidd decommissioned 19 June 1964
entered the Atlantic
and at present is berthed at Philadelphia.
Kidd received four battle stars for World War II service and
four battle stars for Korean service.
[Note: The above USS KIDD (DD-661) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS KIDD (DD-661) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]