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Veterans gather to honor victims of World War II Kamikaze attack on the USS Kidd

(Source: Ben Gauthier/WAFB) (Source: Ben Gauthier/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Former USS Kidd crew members gathered today to honor the men killed in a World War II kamikaze attack 70 years ago.

The men have traveled from Miami, Albuquerque, and the Baton Rouge metro area.  They range in age from 86 to 94 years old.

The somber memorial took place at exactly 1:55 p.m., which was the time of the attack. Even the threat of a rain-out did not stop this memorial.

"I think it's incredible, there's such history here in downtown Baton Rouge," says the Executive Director of the USS Kidd Museum, Alex Juan, "It's an important day for people to just come out and not only remember the fallen, but appreciate the survivors and the families and the sacrifices that they made."

38 sailors were killed and 55 were hurt in the attack.

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