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USS KIDD Kamikaze Attack Memorial Observance

  • 305 South River Road Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • USS KIDD Veterans Museum
  • Recurring every April 11th
  • Time: 1:55 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Price: Free
  • (225) 342-1942

A remembrance ceremony is held on the USS KIDD’s fantail each April 11th, which is the anniversary of the day when a kamikaze aircraft went through the hull of the USS KIDD (DD-661).

The ceremony takes place at 1:55 p.m., the exact time that the attack began on April 11, 1945, while off the coast of Okinawa, just south of Japan. The KIDD and her squadron had fought off three aerial raids that day before a fourth raid resulted in the ship being struck on her starboard side by one lone suicide plane. 

The aircraft 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.