USS Kidd to be Commissioned in Galveston

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A new guided-missile destroyer being commissioned Saturday in Galveston is named for a war hero.

What will be known as the USS Kidd carries the name of Medal of Honor recipient Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd Senior.

Kidd was the senior officer present afloat during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Navy says Kidd, from the bridge of the USS Arizona, directed the counterattack until his ship exploded and sank and he was among those who died.

Kidd was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

The new 511-foot vessel named for him will be the 50th ship in the Arleigh Burke class of guided-missile destroyers.

The crew will be led by Commander Richard Thomas of Westwood, New Jersey.

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