Kidd, Jr., Isaac, ADM

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1977-1978, 111X, CINCLANTFLT SOY, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
Service Years
1941 - 1978

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Contact Info
Home Town
Cleveland, Ohio
Last Address
Alexandria, Virginia

Date of Passing
Jun 27, 1999
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

US European Command US Pacific Command US Southern Command Joint Forces Command

Gun Captain (pre-1969) WW II Honorable Discharge Pin NATO Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean US Navy Retired 30

Afloat Training Specialist NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Maritime Warfare Excellence Award

Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award Command & Control Excellence Award Logistics Management Excellence Award Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) Ship Safety Award

Efficiency Excellence Award

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Last Known Activity

Isaac C. Kidd Jr., 79, Admiral And Expert on Maritime Law

Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd Jr., who capped a 40-year Navy career by becoming an authority on the Law of the Sea, died on June 27 at his home in Alexandria, Va. He was 79.

The cause was prostate cancer, said a spokesman for the John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis, Md.

Admiral Kidd retired in 1978 as commander in chief of the Atlantic Fleet and supreme commander of NATO forces in the Atlantic. He then put his expertise to work for various public agencies in Washington, lectured widely on maritime law in the United States and abroad and taught a course on the subject at the College of William and Mary.

In 23 years of sea duty, he commanded destroyers, destroyer divisions and Navy fleets in the Mediterranean, the Pacific and the Atlantic.

As chief of materiel at the Pentagon in the early 1970's, he oversaw Navy procurement, logistics and labor relations and supervised 350,000 uniformed and civilian personnel.

The admiral, who was known as Ike, was born into a Navy family in Cleveland and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, at Annapolis, in 1942. His father, Rear Adm. Isaac Kidd Sr., was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, aboard his flagship, the battleship Arizona.

As a newly commissioned officer, Ensign Kidd was assigned to convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He later served as a gunnery officer aboard a destroyer in the Allied landings in Sicily and Italy, and finished the war in the Pacific theater.

He received his first destroyer command shortly after the war ended, and then alternated between sea and shore assignments before becoming a full admiral in 1971.

Admiral Kidd led an inquiry into the Israeli attack on the American intelligence ship Liberty in the Mediterranean off the Sinai Peninsula during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, an attack that killed 34 officers and men and wounded 171 others. Israel said the Liberty had been mistaken for an Egyptian ship, but the inquiry concluded that the Israeli attack was unprovoked.

Admiral Kidd was chief of the Naval Materiel Command from 1971 to 1975 before he assumed his final Atlantic and NATO commands. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

He was a member and past president of the International Scuba Association and of the Italian Society of Military Engineers.

Admiral Kidd is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marie Angelique de Golian Kidd; three sons, Isaac I. 3d, of Annapolis, Kevin G., of Portland, Ore., and Christopher A., of Alexandria; three daughters, Marie Angelique de Golian Smith of Bexley, Ohio, Regina I. Wolbarsht of McLean, Va., and Mary C. Littlepage Plumer of Atlanta; 17 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.


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US NavyUSS Putnam (DD-757)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
USS Salem (CA-139)USS Ellyson (DD-454)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Barry (DD-933)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)USS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847)DESRON 32, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)USS Kidd (DD-661)
USS Springfield (CLG-7)HQ SACT (Formerly SACLANT)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1942-1943, 116X, USS Cowie (DD-632)
  1944-1946, 111X, USS Putnam (DD-757)
  1946-1948, 111X, Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1948-1950, 111X, Sea Duty Compoment (SDC), Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1950-1952, 111X, USS Salem (CA-139)
  1952-1954, 111X, USS Ellyson (DD-454)
  1954-1956, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1956-1958, 111X, USS Barry (DD-933)
  1958-1959, 111X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1961-1961, 111X, USS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847)
  1961-1962, 111X, DESRON 32, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1962-1962, 111X, USS Kidd (DD-661)
  1962-1962, 111X, DESRON 18, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1962-1966, 111X, CNO - OPNAV
  1966-1968, 111X, Commander-in-Chief Southern Atlantic (CINCSOUTHLANT)/Commander South Atlantic (COMSOUTHLANT)
  1968-1969, 111X, Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla 12 (COMCRUDESFLOT 12)
  1969-1970, 111X, COMSIXTHFLT
  1969-1970, 111X, USS Springfield (CLG-7)
  1971-1975, 111X, Navy Material Command (NAVMAT)
  1975-1978, 111X, HQ SACT (Formerly SACLANT)
  1976-1978, 111X, Commander-in-Chief Western Atlantic (CINCWESTLANT)
  1977-1978, 111X, CINCLANTFLT SOY, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1958-1958 Operation Bluebat (Lebanon)
  1963-1963 Sinking of the USS Thresher (SSN-593)
  1964-1964 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)/Gulf of Tonkin Incident
  1965-1966 Operation Powerpack (Dominican Republic)
  1967-1967 USS Liberty Incident (Israel)
 Colleges Attended 
Ohio State UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyNational War College
  1937-1938, Ohio State University
  1938-1941, United States Naval Academy
  1959-1960, National War College
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