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 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.
A traveling exhibit portraying the stories of young American soldiers and marines traveling to Vietnam in the late 1960s aboard the troopshipGeneral Nelson M. Walker.Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnamwill 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 theGeneral Nelson M. Walkerhas 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 theWalkercontained 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 theWalkerduring 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 theWalker."
This exhibit was made possible through the generous financial support of
Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnamwill be on display at the USS KIDD fromOctober 27, 2017 through February 28, 2018, and is included in the price of museum admission