Hyde, Richard Winslow, SC2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
SC-0000-Ships Cook/Ships Baker
Last Rating/NEC Group
Ships Cook/Ships Baker
Primary Unit
1945-1945, SC-0000, CTF 58
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
SC-Ships Cook/Baker

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 11, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesNational Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1944, National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Kidd (DD-661)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1942-1942, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Newport, RI
  1943-1945, SC-0000, USS Kidd (DD-661)
  1945-1945, SC-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1945-1945, SC-0000, CTF 58
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                            USS Kidd (DD-661)


Kidd sailed 19 February 1945, to join Task Force 58 (TF 58) for the invasion of Okinawa. Trained and battlewise, Kidd played a key role during the first days of the Okinawa campaign, screening battleships, bombarding key targets ashore, rescuing downed pilots, sinking floating mines, providing early warning of raids, guarding heavily damaged Franklin (CV-13), and shooting down kamikazes.

While on picket station 11 April 1945, Kidd and her division mates, USS Black, USS Bullard, and USS Chauncey, with the help of Combat Air Patrol, repelled three air raids. That afternoon a single enemy plane crashed into Kidd, killing 38 men and wounding 55. As the destroyer headed south to rejoin the task group, her effective fire drove off enemy planes trying to finish her.

RICHARD WINSLOW HYDE Richard Winslow Hyde was born on October 03, 1925, in his hometown of Beverly, Massachusetts, to parents Charles L. Hyde and Jennie Mae Platts. Richard and his brother Frank were the only boys in a family of six children. His four sisters were Pearley, Norma, Virginia, and Dorothy. Richard quit school in junior high. He joined the Navy in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 15, 1942, at the age of 17. He went to boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island. From the Naval Receiving Station at Long Beach, New York, Richard boarded the USS KIDD (DD-661) on April 23, 1943, thereby becoming a member of her first crew and a plankowner. On October 02, 1943, one day prior to his birthday, Richard's rate was changed. As a result of a summary court martial for probably reporting back late for duty persistently, he was confined to the ship for one month and fined $25 for a three-month period. One March 01, 1944, Richard saw another rate change, moving from Seaman 2nd class to Baker 3rd class. He was promoted one year later on March 01, 1945, advancing to the rate of Baker 2nd class. Richard Hyde lost his life in the line of duty when the kamikaze plane struck the KIDD off of Okinawa on April 11, 1945. He was buried at sea the following day on Thursday, April 12, 1945, while the ship was en route back to Ulithi Atoll from the front lines. "Dick Hyde and I joined the Navy in Boston at the same time. We traveled to boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island, and were assigned to the same company. Together, we decided to apply for sea duty and were sent to the receiving station at Long Island. Here we awaited the completion of the KIDD. We were together when the KIDD was commissioned. I guess that makes us both plankowners. The long days at sea and the many battles we went through together pulled us even closer. We had many heart-to-heart talks, mostly about our plans for after the war. Dick wanted to go back to school and eventually open a food-related business. Because he was dedicated to his work and was well-liked by his superiors, he advanced in rating rapidly. He was a very sensitive and compassionate person. This was very evident in many ways. One day, he heard that Felix D'Amico was very sad because it would be his first birthday away from home and how much he was going to miss the special chocolate birthday cake that his mother always baked for him. Dick gathered a group of Felix's friends and held a surprise party in the galley. Dick had baked a large chocolate cake for the occasion. This was the beginning of many birthday parties and many birthday cakes. Dick was devoted to his job and to the Navy. I don't believe he was ever involved in any type of court martial. If he had, I'm sure I would have known about it. We were together moments before he was killed. He had taken cover in a passageway with John Hamilton CST [Chief Steward's Mate]. Unfortunately, it was a storage area for a number of gas cylinders that ruptured due to the explosion, killing them both instantly. He was my friend and a friend to all he came in contact with. After all these years, I still think of him and value the time we had together. I hope that you will print this so your readers will know the real Richard Winslow Hyde." 

MM1c  Albert E. Ionson 
shares his memories of his friend and shipmate.

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