| Southern Victory |
POD: September 10, 1862
|Appearance(s):|| American Front|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Military Branch:||United States Navy|
Hiram Kidde enlisted in the United States Navy in 1892 and served well, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and gunner's mate at the outbreak of the Great War. At the time and through the duration of the war, he commanded the five-inch secondary armament on the USS Dakota in the starboard bow location. Sam Carsten served as a loader and Luke Hoskins as a shell jerker. Kidde was often referred to as "Cap'n" due to his surname.
At the start of the Great War, Kidde and his gun crew took part in the invasion of the Sandwich Islands. While approaching the islands, an aeroplane was spotted and battle stations were sounded. At his gun, Kidde expressed the wish that they had high-explosive shells as well as the armor piercing to use as an antiaircraft gun. Carsten commented that the fusing might be tricky but agreed and encouraged Kidde to pass the idea up the line. In the end, Kidde didn't, dismissing the idea as "stack gas".
Kidde tended to be friendly with his subordinates but was firm when it counted. Hoskins was slow coming to his place when battle stations was sounded and so Kidde reamed him out. Likewise, when the Dakota was in drydock being repaired after being torpedoed, Kidde assigned Carsten the job of sweeping up litter along the walkways. Carsten balking calling it busywork but Kidde became as tough and mean as any Chief.