Saturday, January 16, 2010
US Navy - (DD-319) "Kidder"
United States Navy Ship (DD-319) "Kidder" was launched 10 July 1919 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., San Francisco, CA and commissioned 7 Feb. 1921, Comdr. H. J. ABBETT in command. "Kidder" was assigned to Destroyer Division 34, Battle Fleet, at San Diego. "Kidder" was decommissioned at San Diego, CA, 18 March 1930.
The Battleship was named after HUGH PRATT KIDDER, who was awarded the “Croix de Guerre” with palm and star during WWI for courage and endurance while carrying orders to advanced positions under violent machine gun fire during a period of 9 days. Lt. KIDDER was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism near Blanch Mont. France, 2nd and 3rd October 1918 when he led a small patrol into enemy trenches and captured two strong machine gun positions. First Lieutenant KIDDER was “killed in action”, 3 Oct. 1918 attempting to better his position in the face of heavy machine gun and artillery fire.
Hugh P KIDDER was born at Waukon, IA, in 1897 and died at Blanch Mont. France, 3 Oct 1918, son of Harley Perry KIDDER and Ada Kate PRATT.