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Fletcher-class destroyers were the mainstay of the U.S. Navy’s destroyer force during World War II. Â With 175 of the class commissioned, theÂ FletchersÂ were the most numerous of the American “Tin Cans” â€“ as destroyers are affectionately known. Today, only one of the type has been preserved in WW II-configuration, the USSÂ Kidd.Â Named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who gave his life on the bridge of his flagship USSArizonaÂ at Pearl Harbor, the destroyer USSÂ KiddÂ (DD-661) conducted two years of successful operations in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II, before being struck by aÂ kamikazeÂ on 11 April 1945. In that incident, theÂ KiddÂ lost 38 of her crewmen killed and another 55 wounded. After repairs, the destroyer rejoined the fleet, only to be decommissioned after the war. Recommissioned and brought back to active service during the Korean War, theÂ KiddÂ remained an active Naval vessel until she was decommissioned for the last time in 1964. Documented in 230-plus color close-up photos are the details of the exterior of the ship, as well as the interior spaces, where destroyer sailors lived, fought, and some died, painstakingly restored and preserved today in Baton Rouge by the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission.
Illustrated with 234 photographs. 80 pages.
Soft cover perfect binding: ISBN: 978-0-89747-670-6
Hard cover ISBN: 978-0-89747-671-3