NameLeRoy E Kidd
Retirement/Discharge DateJuly 2002
Tour 1 DatesMay 1983 - July 1986
Tour 1 Rank/RateBT3
Tour 1 DivisionB, fwd fireroom
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
Comment I remember being off the coast of Beirut. We shelled the beach on Valentines Day '84. 53 5" 54's @ 20,000 yds we were getting direct hits on tanks. They wouldn't allow the New Jersey to shoot unless targets were out of our range. We were in so close at night we could watch street lights change at the airport where the marines here holed up. The Tatenell caught fire and we tied up outboard and went across to fight the fire. We went to GQ for real, not a drill at like 0200.

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The Crews of DDG-5
USS Biddle (5/5/62 - 7/28/64)
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