Henry A. Vadnais, Jr. Award
About Us > Awards
USS KIDD Ship Superintendent Tim NesSmith was presented with the Historic Naval Ships Association’s Henry A. Vadnais, Jr. Award for outstanding service on the decks of his beloved ship on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The Historic Naval Ship Association is a world renowned organization with 188 unique and timeless ships in their fleet. Their mission is to support the preservation of historic naval vessels and to honor those who have served at sea in defense of their nations.NesSmith has been a dedicated member of the KIDD Crew for over 20 years. He started out as a part-time tour guide in 1995 and worked his way up the ranks where he currently serves in the prestigious capacity of both Ship Superintendent and Educational Outreach Coordinator.
“I can’t think of a more deserving person than Tim for this award,” said Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission Chairman Joe Jenkins. “His love for the ship and its preservation speaks for itself.”
The Henry A. Vadnais, Jr. Award is awarded to a staff person at a Fleet Member organization for particularly outstanding service rendered to his or her organization. Preference is given to persons working in the areas of curatorship, collections management, exhibits or registration.
NesSmith's commitment to the preservation of a WWII Fletcher-class Destroyer is unparalleled and his passion for history is contagious. He has become a respected name in the preservation community and is frequently called on by other museum professionals for guidance and support. "Tim Nesmith is an invaluable member of the USS KIDD Veterans Museum crew and we are incredibly fortunate to have someone of his caliber on this team," said USS KIDD Executive Director Alejandra Juan. "I'll never be able to thank him enough for his service and dedication to KIDD, but I can make sure that he gets the recognition he deserves for his tireless efforts."