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USS KIDD VETERANS MUSEUM
Baton Rouge Louisiana
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305 South River Road Baton Rouge, LA  70802-6220
Phone:  225-342-1942  Fax:     225-342-2039
Hours of Operation    Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30pm  Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Adults   $10.00   Veterans and Seniors    $  8.00       Children   $  6.00  

As the USS KIDD has been restored to her World War II (1945) configuration, she is handicapped accessible on the main deck exteriors only.  However, we are not unsympathetic to our visitors' needs.  A 30-minute film presentation on the history of the ship includes footage of areas not accessible by wheelchair and is available upon request.  The museum building is accessible on both floors, as are all restroom facilities.  The museum also keeps several wheelchairs on hand for the convenience of our guests and these are also available upon request.


WELCOME

Welcome to the official Internet home port of the Fletcher-class destroyer USS KIDD (DD-661), the "Pirate of the Pacific."  Located in the heart of scenic downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she is the centerpiece of a memorial which serves to honor the men and women of our American armed forces.  Through these pages, you will take a step back in time and learn about their sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy today.

A website, however, is no substitute for the real thing.  We encourage you to come to Baton Rouge and walk the decks of the KIDD in person.  See the aircraft that soared through the skies of Southeast Asia during two eras of conflict.  Examine the dented helmet of an infantryman who stormed the beaches of Normandy.  Touch the names of the fallen Americans whose names are carved into the black granite walls of the Louisiana Memorial Plaza.  We promise you:  you won't be the same afterward.

David Beard
Executive Director
TRAVELING EXHIBITS

Voices From The Lost Generation: Louisianians in the
Great War 1917-1918

  • Recurring Daily Sept 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Price:
    • Adults $10
    • Senior/Veteran/Military $8
    • Children 5-12  $6
    • Children 4 & Under Free
When America joined WWI, there was still a year left of fighting. Many Louisianans answered the call for troops. Voices from the Lost Generation: Louisianans in The Great War 1917-1918 will put a spotlight on those brave men and women.Louisianans have participated in every conflict that the United States has fought to this day.  World War I was no exception.  It was the first time that Louisianans would find themselves in Europe defending those back home. Voices from the Lost Generation will focus on the role that Louisiana played during World War I, some of the famous Louisianans that set themselves apart from the rest, important technological advancements, and provide a small glimpse as to what life was like in the trenches.    
"Louisiana had a unique role to play in WWI." Said Andrew Daire, Collections Manager for the USS KIDD. "Camp Beauregard was a major training site for troops heading to France, the shipyards around Lake Pontchartrain were building ships to get those troops over there, Gerchner Airfield near Lake Charles was experimenting with airborne medivacs using biplanes, and L.S.U. was sending officers to lead the newly trained men. This exhibit will help to bring the events that happened over 100 years ago into the modern day so that this generation will never truly be lost."
Featured in the exhibit will be: a US doughboy uniform, weapons from the major powers of World War I, other personal items from the front lines, and most notably a to-scale reproduction of a section of trench featuring a trench periscope that looks across no man's land. The exhibit will focus on the impact of Louisiana in one of the most life changing conflicts of the 20th century. From building ships and training pilots, to sending her sons and daughters to war, the importance of this states contributions will not be forgotten. Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about an often overlooked part of history. They will see how it still impacts their daily lives to this day, 100 years later.
Voices from the Lost Generation is the latest in a new wave of traveling exhibits the USS KIDD Veterans Museum has hosted this year. During the summer, a traveling exhibit, Guardians of Sunda Strait: The WWII Loss of HMAS PERTH & USS HOUSTON, opened and will be on view until the end of this month. Many other exhibits will be coming in the years to come.
Voices from the Lost Generation is sponsored by
For more information, please contact Development Coordinator Christine Bruce, via phone at (225) 342-1942, Ext. 13, or via email at CBruce@usskidd.com.

A traveling exhibit portraying the stories of young American soldiers and marines traveling to Vietnam in the late 1960s aboard the troopship General Nelson M. Walker. Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam will present artwork and slogans capturing the era's politics, military pride, humor, and anti-war sentiments recorded by young men headed for battle.  Discovered by chance in 1997, the canvas bunks were preserved and saved thanks to the Vietnam Graffiti Project (VGP) which was founded upon the discovery of the artifacts.  While the General Nelson M. Walker has since been scrapped, the exhibit was created with the intent to travel the country and present the stories of soldiers and marines who went to Southeast Asia by troopship. The exhibit is meant to honor the military service of these young men.
Many of the canvas bunks removed from the Walker contained names and hometowns. An effort was made by VGP to locate as many men as possible to hear the rest of their story. Those efforts are also incorporated into the exhibit. "One of our goals in bringing this exhibit to Baton Rouge is to locate Vietnam era veterans who traveled to Vietnam by troop ship and have them recount their experience of the trip in brief oral histories." Says David Beard, Executive Director. "These experiences can be compared and contrasted with those of veterans who traveled by air to give a sense of the differences between spending three weeks on a ship thinking about where they were going and perhaps traveling from the US to Vietnam is less than 24 hours.  "And while we do not have the names of any Louisianans identified on the exhibited canvases, we do have the name of a Korean War era veteran from Baton Rouge left on the Walker during that conflict.  One bunk has numerous graffiti from the early 1950s, including one that reads 'Russell Gautreaux, Baton Rouge, La'.  This is likely from 1954 or 1955, based on surrounding graffiti.  It would be great if we could locate Mr. Gautreaux or family members.  Also, any other Louisiana veterans who recall traveling aboard the Walker."

This exhibit was made possible through the generous financial support of

Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam will be on display at the USS KIDD from October 27, 2017 through February 28, 2018, and is included in the price of museum admission
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