See what’s new and old at the USS KIDD Veterans Museum

Exhibits & Archives
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From the newest exhibits to behind-the-scenes glimpses of our archives, explore the museum here.

So you’ve heard about our ship, right? Did you also know we are the site of Louisiana’s Naval Veterans Memorial and Veterans Museum? Visit the museum to see the aircraft that soared through the skies of Southeast Asia during two eras of conflict, examine the dented helmet of an infantryman who stormed the beaches of Normandy, and so much more. On this page, we’ll share what’s new and on display in our exhibits and occasionally preview cool finds from our archives, so check back often.

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  • “Kamikaze Warfare” – The Mk-37 Gun Director

    WWII (1943-46)

    The kamikaze attack on the USS KIDD (DD-661) on April 11, 1945, is not an isolated event. It must be viewed ultimately in the context of the desperation of...

  • Target Duty for Torpedo Planes

    WWII (1943-46)

    Sonarman 2nd class Fred Higgins, Jr., recalls an unnerving experience off the coast of Honolulu in which the KIDD came under fire from friendly forces again in another war...

  • “Kamikaze Warfare — The Signal Bridge”

    WWII (1943-46)

    Some people just have a gift for memory. They see and hear things and they never forget them. Their ability at recall makes them a vital reference and resource...

  • “Torpedoes In The Water” — Rescue Off Rabaul

    WWII (1943-46)

    Bill Cox, one of the KIDD's wartime torpedomen, relates his experience of an incident which occurred on November 11, 1943, during the Bougainville landings just a few months after...

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Ready to experience the action?

USS KIDD is Open 9:30am to 3:30pm Daily.

Tickets for Roaring on the River (3/23/2023) and Operation Big Fish (06/06/2023) are available in the online store.