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Preserving history at USS KIDD 'Field Days'

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BATON ROUGE - Veterans from around the country arrived at the USS KIDD Thursday, ready to spend the entire weekend painting and fixing the World War II ship.

"Coming back brought back the good memories of serving in the navy," said Hank Taddeucci, who served on the KIDD in 1960.

He's one of many veterans and volunteers who give their time and energy to field days every year.

"I'm splicing line, I'm splitting canvas," Taddeucci said. "I'm doing the same thing I was doing 40 years ago and it's refreshing."

The vets spend 24 hours a day on deck, swapping stories, bonding, and giving back to a piece of history they'll never forget.

Organizers say it's not just a weekend of memories and camaraderie; it's also a huge financial help for the nonprofit.

"Their skilled labor alone probably saves us between $40,000 and $60,000 dollars a year," said Alex Juan with the USS KIDD.

The veterans started work Thursday morning and will continue until Sunday.

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