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Isaac C. Kidd

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Captain (future Rear Admiral) Isaac C. Kidd, USN in a picture taken while he was Chief of Staff to the Commander, Base Force, U.S. Fleet

Isaac Campbell Kidd (March 26, 1884December 7, 1941) was an American Rear Admiral in the United States Navy who was killed on the bridge of the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the father of Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, Jr..

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Kidd entered the Naval Academy in 1902. He served in Columbia, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pittsburgh, San Diego, New Mexico, Utah, and Vega.

During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, Rear Admiral Kidd was Commander of Battleship Division 1 and Chief of Staff and Aide, Commander, Battleship Battle Force. At the first knowledge of the attack, he rushed to the bridge of Arizona, his flagship, and "courageously discharged his duties as Senior Officer Present Afloat until Arizona blew up from a magazine explosion and a direct bomb hit on the bridge which resulted in the loss of his life."

He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Three Navy destroyers have been named in his honor; see USS Kidd.

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This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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