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Isaac Kidd

Given NameIsaac
Born26 Mar 1884
Died7 Dec 1941
CountryUnited States


ww2dbaseIsaac Campbell Kidd was born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1884 and graduated in 1906. He served aboard battleship New Jersey (BB-16) during the Great White Fleet cruise between 1907 and 1909 and then served in various posts until 1916, when he became an instructor at the Naval Academy. During WW1, he served aboard battleship New Mexico (BB-40). He held several land and sea posts during the inter-war years, becoming a rear admiral immediately before United States' entry into WW2. During the Pearl Harbor attack, he was aboard the battleship Arizona, formerly of his commission between 1938 and 1940. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

ww2dbaseKidd was the first US Navy flag officer to be killed in action in WW2.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center.

Last Major Revision: May 2006

Isaac Kidd Timeline

26 Mar 1884 Isaac Kidd was born.
7 Dec 1941 Isaac Kidd became the first US Navy flag officer to be killed in action during WW2.


Isaac Kidd’s photo from the Naval Academy’s 1906 ‘Lucky Bag’ yearbook.

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
27 Aug 2010 05:21:00 AM

I had the honor and privilege to sail on the USS Kidd, circa 1959.
At the time, I was a PO1 Sailor enroute to Guam, Mi. I did not know the ship was Adm Kidd's namesake.
Semper Fi
2. Anonymous says:
10 Feb 2014 07:48:12 PM

So what did Kidd do to deserve the Medal of Honor?
3. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
10 Feb 2014 09:04:14 PM

Admiral Kidd’s Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his own life, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese Forces on December 7, 1941. He immediately went to the bridge and as Commander Battleship Division ONE, courageously discharged his duties as Senior Officer Present Afloat until the USS Arizona, his Flagship, blew up from magazine explosions and a direct bomb hit on the bridge, which resulted in the loss of his life.

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Event(s) Participated:
» Attack on Pearl Harbor

Ship(s) Served:
» Arizona

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» Pearl; December 7, 1941

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Isaac Kidd’s photo from the Naval Academy’s 1906 ‘Lucky Bag’ yearbook.

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