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Adm Isaac Campbell Kidd

Adm Isaac Campbell Kidd

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 57)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Cenotaph Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 28332289 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served as Admiral on board the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1884 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1906. While serving as an ensign on the battleship "U.S.S. New Jersey", he sailed around the world with the "Great White Fleet" from 1907 to 1909. Served as an instructor at the Naval Academy in 1916 and 1917. During World War I, he served on the battleship "U.S.S. New Mexico". He had numerous flag commands throughout the 1920's and 30's. In 1938, he became commander of the battleship "U.S.S. Arizona". In February of 1940, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and assigned as Commander Battleship Division ONE and Chief of Staff to Commander, Battleships, Battle Force. On the morning of December 7, 1941, he was on board the "U.S.S. Arizona" while it was docked in Pearl Harbor. He immediately went to the bridge of the "Arizona" during the Japanese surprise attack. The ship was then hit by several bombs, one of which penetrated her forecastle and detonated her forward ammunition magazines. The resulting massive explosion totally wrecked the ship's forward hull, collapsing her forward superstructure and causing her to sink, with the loss of over 1,100 of her crewmen. Admiral Kidd was killed on the bridge; only his Naval Academy ring was recovered. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Pearl Harbor attack. Two U.S. Navy destroyers have been named in honor of Rear Admiral Kidd: "U.S.S. Kidd" which served during 1943-1974 (She is now a memorial in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and "U.S.S. Kidd" commissioned in 1981.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Adm Isaac Campbell Kidd (26 Mar 1884–7 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28332289, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .