This decommissioned World War II Naval ship is a museum and the only one of its kind to still maintain the same appearance that it did during the war.
The USS Kidd is a Naval Fletcher-class Destroyer ship. The ship was named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died during the Pearl Harbor attack on the USS Arizona. Admiral Kidd happened to be the first-ever American Admiral that was killed in action, which is part of why it was so important to commemorate him by naming a ship after him. The USS Kidd was commissioned during World War II, and after 2 years of service, a plane crashed into the Kidd in Okinawa. The ship then had to be decommissioned and was returned to be a part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet, which are used in emergency situations.
Eventually, after participation in the Korean and Cold Wars, the USS Kidd was decommissioned for good and brought to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to serve as a memorial for WWII veterans. The ship sits in the Mississippi River and the public can now visit the museum that is held within the USS Kidd, which still holds the same appearance that it did during WWII. Guests have the opportunity to not only learn about the past of the USS Kidd at its museum, but have the firsthand experience of seeing the ship as it was during such a significant time in our world’s history. The museum is open from 9:30 to 3:30 daily, and tickets are $12.53 for adults, $10.45 for seniors and veterans, and $8.36 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. The USS Kidd even holds special events and programs, such as overnight camping adventures for scout troops and field trips.