Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. USS Breese (DDâ€“122) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I, and later redesignated, DM-18 in World War II. She was the first ship named for Captain Kidder Breese. Breese was launched 11 May 1918 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia; sponsored by Mrs. Gilbert McIlvaine, daughter of Captain Breese; and commissioned 23 October 1918, Lieutenant J.g. B. Smith in command.