Born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1750, Nicholas Biddle was appointed a Captain in the Continental Navy in 1775. He had a brilliant career in command of Andrew Doria and Randolph and was killed when the latter blew up while engaging the far larger HMS Yarmouth, 7 March 1778.
The third Biddle (DDG-5) was renamed Claude V. Ricketts (q.v.) on 28 July 1968.
3 February 2006