Hugh Kidder

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Hugh P. Kidder (1897 – October 3, 1918) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps during World War I.

Biography[edit]

Born in Waukon, Iowa, Kidder was awarded the Croix de Guerre with palm and star during World War I for courage and endurance while carrying orders to advanced positions under violent machine gun fire during a period of 9 days.

Lt. Kidder was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism near Blanch Mont, France, October 2, 1918 when he led a small patrol into enemy trenches and captured two strong machine gun positions. First Lieutenant Kidder was killed in action 3 October attempting to better his position in the face of heavy machine gun and artillery fire.

Namesake[edit]

USS Kidder (DD-319) was named for him.

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References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.