This publication, covering the technical and operational history of the USS Laffey (DD-724), is currently out of print. There are possibly remaining copies which may be purchased from the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial, contact email@example.com.
This publication is the fourth in a series of books from TIN CAN SAILORS, The National Association of Destroyer Veterans. It is devoted to the U.S.S. Kidd(DD_661),a Fletcher-class destroyer and covers it's technical and operational history.
The technical portion not only explores the exterior of the ship where the guns radar and other features are clearly visible but also the areas deep inside where the magazines, machinery and other equipment necessary to operate the ship are located. This section is a presentation of "how things work".
The operational history follows the Kidd from the time she was built until she became a museum ship at the U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The stpry of her service during World War II, The Korean War and the Cold War periods are illustrated with numerous photographs and graphics.
The book is written by noted naval historian and author Robert F. Sumrall. Graphics and Color renderings are by John R. Barrett. Cover painting and other art are courtesy of Tom Freeman.
The USS Kidd (DD-661) book consists of eighty pages plus covers. Eight pages and the covers are in full color, as are more than twelve of the 130 photgraphs. Four line drawings show the Kidd in her various service configurations, and seven tables cover general information and data.
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