USS Kidd Veterans Museum & Ship
Downtown Baton Rouge
Situated on the Mississippi River Levee, the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial features immaculately restored aircraft and naval craft. The Louisiana Memorial Plaza honors the more than 7,000 Louisianans who have died in conflict. The cornerstone of the complex is the Fletcher-class USS KIDD, a World War II-era destroyer known as the "Pirate of the Pacific." The 661st destroyer was built by the US Navy, and was first launched on February 28, 1943.
Following over twenty years of gallant military service in World War II and the Korean War, the USS KIDD was decommissioned in 1962 and brought to Baton Rouge as a veteran memorial. The USS KIDD is docked in the Mississippi River on a unique system that is specially designed for the dramatic rise and fall of the mighty river. The military museum's exhibits include an extensive model ship collection and a replica of the gun deck of the USS CONSTITUTION, “Old Ironsides."
Erected by Downtown Development District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A-7E Corsair II (here, next to this marker); Louisiana Vietnam War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); USCGC White Alder (a few steps from this marker); Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); John Archer Lejeune (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Ship (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); USS KIDD - "DD 661" (about 400 feet away); Flying Tiger (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
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