The USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be hosting its annual Fall Field Days aboard the KIDD from Thursday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 30.
Approximately 30 veterans and volunteers from around the country are arriving in Baton Rouge to assist in the restoration and preservation of the USS KIDD (DD-661), which is considered the 'gold standard' in ship restorations by the Historic Naval Ships Association fleet members. "The camaraderie between people with similar experiences is what I enjoy most about KIDD's Fall Field Days, said Dan Katze, who flew in from Loveland, CO. "It feels good to help preserve this amazing ship," who served on the USS Purdy (DD-734) as a Radioman 2nd Class. The work that these volunteers provide the KIDD in just three days' time is of enormous value to a non-profit organization that survives on self-generated funds. In 2014, these incredible volunteers provided an estimated $45,000 worth of skilled and unskilled labor.
"I love the smell of Navy ships," said Frank Remkiewicz of Sarasota, FL. "Paint, steel, and preservative. The smell of a Navy ship is the closest thing to going home for me." "The great thing about the Field Days is not just the work accomplished on our behalf…it's the people," said USS KIDD Ship Superintendent Tim NesSmith. "I learn how the ship worked from the men themselves, not just a manual. The ship truly comes alive with a crew aboard."
Albertson's Market Store # 2750, Walgreens Store #9518, Cutrer's Slaughterhouse, Frito Lay, Baton Rouge Coca Cola, Flower's Bakery and Day's Smokehouse have all partnered with the KIDD this year to help aid in maintaining a low cost for this exceptional program.
'The strong coffee and quarter-inch mattresses are the best part," joked Katze. "Everyone should come out and enjoy this unique experience."
WHO : USS KIDD Crew & Volunteers
WHAT : Fall Field Days
WHEN : Thursday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 30
WHERE : USS KIDD Veterans Museum, 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, La. 70802
POC for this event is Ship Superintendent Tim NesSmith at (225) 342-1942 or TNesSmith@usskidd.com.