Anniversary of the Kamikaze Attack
remembrance ceremony will be held on the USS KIDD's fantail on Monday,
April 11th, which is the 71st anniversary of the day when a kamikaze
plane went through the hull of the USS KIDD (DD-661). The ceremony will take place at 1:55 p.m., the exact time
when the starboard side of the KIDD was struck by a lone suicide plane
during the kamikaze attack of April 11, 1945 while off the coast of
Okinawa, just south of Japan. The plane first attacked the USS BLACK but the pilot
pulled up, skimmed over it and crashed into the hull of the KIDD. During
the attack, 38 crew members were killed and an additional 55 members of
the crew were injured.
"According to the 'The Sacrificial Lambs' by Bill Sholin,
more than 300 vessels were struck by kamikazes at the Battle of Okinawa
with over 5,000 sailors lost, said Ship Superintended Tim NesSmith.
"That's more casualties than all other battles combined in the history
of the U.S. Navy. The majority of those ships struck were destroyer type
ships like KIDD."
The KIDD Crew will be remembering those onboard the ship
on that fateful day alongside one of the last remaining survivors of
this attack. Join us as we honor these heroes of history.
This ceremony is free and open to the public. USS KIDD
tours will be available at our regular admission prices of: $10 for
adults, $8 for seniors and veterans and $6 for children ages 5-12.
For more information, please call (225) 342-1942 or visit our website:
USS KIDD Veterans Museum
Kamikaze Attack 71st Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony
Monday, April 11th, at 1:55 p.m.
USS KIDD fantail, 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, La. 70802
POC for this event is USS KIDD Ship Superintendent Tim NesSmith, (225) 342-1942 or