Kidd, Isaac Campbell, Sr., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1941, Commander Battleship Division 1
Service Years
1906 - 1941
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
USS Arizona (BB-39)
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Admiral Kidd's body was never recovered and to this day he is considered missing in action.

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
USS Arizona Memorial - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Hull of USS Arizona

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US Pacific Command

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US NavyCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USCINCLANT
Rodman, PanamaCOMNAVSURFPAC/DESRON 1Naval War College (Faculty Staff)USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1906-1907, USS Columbia (CA-16)
  1907-1910, USS New Jersey (BB-16)
  1910-1913, USS North Dakota (BB-29)
  1913-1915, USS Pittsburgh (CA-4)
  1915-1916, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1916-1918, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1918-1919, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1919-1921, USCINCLANT
  1921-1925, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1925-1926, USS Utah (BB-31)
  1926-1927, USS Vega (AK-17)
  1927-1930, Rodman, Panama
  1930-1932, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1932-1935, Bureau of Navigation
  1936-1938, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1938-1941, 000X, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1940-1941, Commander Battle Ship Divisions Battle Fleet
  1940-1941, Commander Battleship Division 1
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1902-1906, United States Naval Academy1
  1936-1938, Naval War College
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Last Known Activity

Killed in action aboard USS ARIZONA (BB-39) December 7, 1941. RADM Kidd was the first US Navy flag officer killed in action in WWII as well as the first killed in action against any foreign enemy. RADM Kidd has had three destroyers named for him: DD-661 (1943-1964), DDG-993 (1981-1998) and DDG-100 (Commissioned in 2005). His son, ADM Isaac C. Kidd, Jr. and grandson CAPT Isaac C. Kidd III also served honorably.

During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Rear Admiral Kidd was the Commander of Battleship Division One and the Chief of Staff and Aide to the Commander, Battleship Battle Force. At his first knowledge of the attack, he rushed to the bridge of USS 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."

Admiral Kidd's body was never recovered and to this day he is considered missing in action. U.S. Navy salvage divers located his Naval Academy ring fused to a bulkhead on Arizona's bridge. A trunk containing his personal memorabilia was found in the wreck and sent to his widow. Rediscovered in the attic by his children, both the trunk and its contents are now displayed in the museum at the USS Arizona Memorial.


"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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