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  • they were designed to be the best

  • they made enemies face to face

  • endured tragedies and enjoyed victories

  • they went down in history due to the bravery of their crews

  • and deserve to be called

  • naval legends

  • in this episode

  • Kidd, a pirate's tour of duty

  • my name is Tim Nessma, I'm the ship's superintendent for the USS Kidd

  • DD 661 the kid is a Fletcher class destroyer to serve in World War two from 1943 to 1946

  • she served again during the Korean War starting in 1951

  • and ended her service and 1964 during the Cold War

  • the ship derive surname from rear admiral

  • Isaac C. kid who died on the bridge of the USS Arizona flagship during the attack on Pearl Harbor

  • the Arizona sank after magazines were directly hit by a bomb from the air

  • pass to his leave, Kidd was awarded with the Medal of Honor

  • the highest US military honor

  • after the vessel was built, the crew decided to choose a lucky talisman and decided upon the namesake Pirate Captain William Kidd

  • An English sailor who lived in the 17th century who is widely known in folklore

  • he is even considered to be one other direct inspirations for captain Flint

  • from the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Mrs. Kidd thought that was a great idea and got permission for them

  • to fly our flag and also to paint a pirate upon the Fort smokestack

  • Admiral Kidd nickname as it turns out part of the reason

  • that this actually worked in the Navy gave permission

  • was cap after Captain Kidd the pirate

  • initially they ship served in the Atlantic protecting convoys

  • then she was included in the 48th destroyer squadron and transferred to the Pacific

  • consequently she participated in the battles of Bougainville

  • Rabaul, Philippines, Tenyan, Guam and Okinawa

  • Width: 12 meters

  • Length: 150 meters

  • gross displacement: up to 3,000 tons

  • Draft: 4 meters

  • Armament: major caliber: 5 turrets with 127 millimeter MK.12 versatile cannons

  • low caliber AA guns: 5 chained Bofors auto cannons 40 millimeter

  • and seven 20 millimeter Oerlikon

  • torpedo tube: a couple of 5 tube launchers

  • anti-submarine weapons: K-Gun howitzers with 28d bombs

  • hull armor: up to 90 millimeters

  • Proportion: 60,000 SHP

  • with speed up to 38 knots and range of 6,500 NMI

  • people of certain age could be poured into military service

  • came from all walks of life they might have ended the Navy without any

  • particular skill

  • they were trained in boot camp

  • or they once got on board ship

  • there was a phrase called striking to rate the 330 people coming from all walks of life

  • a lot of people different religions different ethnicities

  • that had different cultural backgrounds to the mix

  • in a small little ship

  • it’s an interesting time for a lot of

  • a major part of world war two she spent in hot moist climates

  • the crew had a really hard time facing temperatures up to 35 to 40 degrees Celsius

  • and even hotter inside the hull

  • at the beginning of World War two five weeks after pearl harbor

  • and 17 years old i join the Navy

  • I went through training center in San Diego

  • and welded up in Pearl Harbor Hawaii

  • on savage crew savage the sunken ship that was sunk during attack on December 7th 1941

  • I work for sixty days without stopping

  • 10 to 12 hours a day cleaning up removing ammunition

  • standing by while they picked up bodies and never did that

  • us young boys school with the bodies thankfully

  • destroyers those days really lacked internal space

  • the placement of living space was predominantly ruled by ships design and convenience was secondary

  • enlisting crew slept on top in the magazine that they took it

  • there and there's an explosion

  • unfortunately you would lose those crew members

  • and for that reason

  • the crew did not sleep

  • segregated according to their division all the engineers wouldn't be in one spot

  • all the Gunners would be in another spot

  • you would have them scattered throughout the ship so that if he did take a hit like that

  • you wouldn't lose a large percentage one area

  • the US fleet has always longed to maximize survivability events vessels

  • all expedient equipment was designed in order to help the crew to repair any damage possible

  • for instance the cruise hammocks were made water and fireproof

  • these could easily be used to plug modest sized holes in the ship and stamp out a fire

  • we are in radio central here bored the Kidd

  • during the kamikaze attack in 1945

  • this area was hit pretty hard by the bomb blast that shredded the entire portside

  • a lot of the wounded from that attack came from this area

  • the situation in the pacific became quite heated by the end of the 1930

  • Japan had invaded China and was preparing to advance towards the US

  • moreover the Japanese fleet grew very rapidly

  • the thread didn't remain unnoticed from over the ocean

  • the US military machine developed classes have ships

  • one after another gradually improving their characteristics

  • all the ships in the Navy the battle wagons get all the attention and

  • the aircraft carriers all the glory but arguably the backbone in the fleet has always been destroyers

  • small fast maneuverable ships with dual purpose armament

  • which can often pack at punch quite above their weight

  • when the most numerous classes was the Fletcher class destroyer 175 were built

  • and we r on one right now USS Kidd

  • which is pretty much 1945 configuration is it wasn't the end the war

  • work on Fletcher class ships was initiated in 1939

  • right before world war two broke up

  • they turned out to be larger than their predecessors

  • allowing for an increase in their battle potential

  • a number of additional measures were introduced to so as to increase sustainability

  • the decks armor was up to 90 millimeters thick

  • the engine and boiler rooms were placed far away from each other

  • such an arrangement lowered the chances are the ship's immobilization

  • even if heavily damaged

  • Fletchers turned out to be outstandingly robust withstanding multiple successful

  • a fact that really lifted the spirits of the crews onboard

  • major caliber canons were designed to engage both aerial and ground targets

  • the shells were clipped with remote fuses that significantly increased the power of the ship's artillery fire

  • with a good selection of weaponry from dual-purpose 5 inchess guns and anti-ship torpedoes 90 submarines depth charges

  • At least I had a fair chance of being a danger to pretty much anything that a matter on the high seas

  • despite the high battle potential

  • Fletchers were never designed for solo operations

  • as a rule, they were used in squadrons similar to any other destroyers

  • destroyers will be in divisions have three in four squadrons rate of 9

  • the usual task were escort duty

  • anti-submarine warfare pickets ships reconnaissance screening and pretty much anything that as ship could do it or could be asked to do

  • based on their powerful armament unique survivability sophisticated fire control systems

  • long operational range and decency keeping

  • Fletchers are rightfully considered one of the best ships at this time

  • of course along with many other classes of ships they also had their fair share of casualties during the war

  • there were 25 Fletcher class destroyers that were sunk during world war 2

  • Japanese kamikaze tactics became their major headache

  • the ships were quite an easy target patrolling far away from major forces

  • and it was April 1945 that our Pacific piratefirst encountered kamikaze pilots

  • Kidd was patrolling in a group of four destroyers

  • a couple aircraft were spotted in the sky

  • seemingly having a dog fight with one another

  • perplexed to have detected an allied plane

  • the ship's ceased fire and kept observing

  • Only when the couple started to descend accrues realize

  • The realize it was a trap set by Kamikaze

  • 1 of the plane was shut down but the other one hit the USS kids Deck

  • almost a third of the crew was incapacitated

  • 38 killed 45 wounded

  • the chief mechanic was boiled alive in the ship's boiler rooms

  • the ship's doctor was cut by a bomb fragment and lost his eyes

  • making him unable to fulfill his duty

  • he was carrying a camera that he used to shoot the battle

  • after the explosion its film was mostly burnt

  • except for the pregnant displaying the kamikaze plane directly before the impact

  • the young boy and all the young boys who put in the most dangerous

  • dirtiest jobs

  • on my shield I was in the proud a magazine

  • I had no idea was gonna be here I don't know what happened

  • well all I know is a bang the lights went out

  • I went out I woke up

  • could say anything cuz it was so dark

  • despite all these casualties the Kidd managed to move away for repairs under her own steam

  • this surely outlines the outstanding construction of Fletchers

  • and to the high skill the crews aboard

  • however this was the end of world war two for the USS Kidd

  • later she would participate in the Korean War supporting ground force with her cannon

  • during her service years the USS Kidd was awarded with 12 battle stars

  • 8 during world war 2 and the rest in the Korean events

  • the ship also participated in numerous landing operations across the Pacific Ocean island's

  • repel aerial attacks of the Japanese and even scored a film role in"run silent run deep"

  • a movie dedicated to US submarines

  • in 1964 after 20 years of service the destroyer now inferior in certain parameters was finally decommissioned

  • nevertheless a lucky fate save the pirate ship from the doc cutters

  • as it was decided to leave her among three Fletchers said to be renovated

  • and turned into floating museums

  • she's been brought here to Baton Rouge

  • as a memorial for the States' veterans

  • destroyer Navy veterans all around the country

  • and as rated one of the most accurate historical ships

  • in the historically which spent about five come

  • the name USS Kidd now belongs to the new Arleigh-Burkeclass a ship

  • the sole pirate it may now sleep well for flaggers and reliable hands

they were designed to be the best

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