May 30

USS Kidd: The Pirate of the Pacific

WWII FighterUSS Kidd is a Fletcher-class destroyer that saw action in both World War II and the Korean War, and now serves as part of the Louisiana Veterans Memorial which is located in Baton Rouge.  A visit to the Louisiana Veterans Memorial along with the Old State Capitol or the other museums along the River Road in Baton Rouge will make for an entertaining as well as an educational day.USS KiddA visit to the USS Kidd will give you a chance to see some history because the USS Kidd was never modernized which means it still looks the same as it did when it served in World War II.  It is the only destroyer in the United States that still looks exactly like it did at the end of World War II in 1945.  The USS Kidd took part in several important battles in the Pacific and earned 8 battle stars in WWII along with 4 more battle stars in the Korean War.  It was eventually decommissioned in 1964 and set aside to be used as a memorial where it found a permanent home in 1982 when it was moored in the Mississippi River as part of the Louisiana Veterans Memorial.Veterans MemorialBeing a history teacher it is always a real treat for me to see something that made history.  Luckily for me I married a woman that goes along with my historical kicks and seems to enjoy it as well.  Being a smaller ship than some of the others that we have been on I was a little worried about my wife Karen because she gets a tad claustrophobic, but she had no problem doing the self-guided tour of the ship.  It is amazing that hundreds of people lived on that ship in those tight quarters.  Karen and I have the upmost respect for all those that have served or are serving in the military.  Every time we visit a place like this those feelings are reaffirmed.Tight FitAfter our visit to the USS Kidd Karen and I went back through the main building which serves as a museum dedicated to those from Louisiana who served in the armed forces.  There are several exhibits and personal effects of those from Louisiana that served.  One of the more impressive things in the museum was their room full of model ships, everything from 16th century battleships to more modern day ships.  They also have a few airplanes to look at along with the very moving wall of honor that lists all those from Louisiana who have made the ultimate sacrifice.Louisiana Veterans MemorialKaren and I really enjoyed our short time that we had in Baton Rouge as we were driving back from our long weekend in New Orleans.  We did not get to see all the things that we wanted to see in Baton Rouge, but what we did see made for a good day trip through Louisiana’s capital city.  We thought our time spent visiting the USS Kidd and visiting the Louisiana Veterans Memorial was well worth it and with a price at just $8.00 for adults it was very reasonable.  We recommend at least an hour at a minimum to see the sights of this military museum and memorial.

To see other military museums like the USS Kidd that we have reviewed click hereThe Deck of the USS KiddUSS Kidd
Located at 305 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA
Hours of Operation: Monday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed on Thanksgiving  Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 13 and over $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Active Military with ID $6.00 and Children 5 to 12 $5.00
For more information about the USS Kidd visit their website at http://www.usskidd.com/Wall of the Fallen Warriors

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