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Built to Bath plans, built by New York SB., these Wickes versions were
slightly heavier but had a much poorer cruising radius.
Displacement 1,211 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 101.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on January 9 1918.
Launched August 24 1918 and commissioned May 29 1919.
Decommissioned May 1922.
Recommissioned January 1930.
Decommissioned July 20 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.

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Badger 26kBorn in Connecticut in 1823, Oscar C. Badger was appointed Midshipman in 1841. He took an active part in the Mexican and Civil Wars and was frequently commended in dispatches. Commodore Badger retired in August 1885 and died in 1899. Photo of Oscar O. Badger (DD-126) - Commandant Boston Navy Yard, Feb. 15, 1882-Apr. 10, 1885 (Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7012)Robert M. Cieri/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Badger 148kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Badger 155kUndated, out of the water on a marine railway. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Badger 221Undated, location unknown. From a family scrapbook. Left to right; USS Badger (DD-126), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Twiggs (DD-127), USS Babbitt (DD-128), USS DeLong (DD-129) and USS Tattnall (Dd-125).Donna Heuer
Badger 83kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Badger 65kCopyright 1919 by Bunnell Photo Shop, San Diego, Calif.Mike Mohl
Badger 163kUSS Badger (DD-126) backing down away from Camden Shipbuilding Corp. docks in May, 1919. Source: Naval History History and Heritage Command; Photo No. NH 56304.Mike Green
Badger 174kUSS Badger (DD-126) running dockside power tests on May 11 1919 at New York Shipbuilding Corp. at Camden, New Jersey, three weeks before being commissioned,. Note the propeller guards and the stern 4”/50 gun. Source: Naval History History and Heritage Command; Photo No. NH 56303.Mike Green
Badger 109kUSS Badger (DD-126) being towed off Camden, New Jersey on May 28, 1919, one day before being commissioned. The tug Bryn Mayer is alongside. Source: Naval History History and Heritage Command; Photo No. NH 56306.Mike Green
Badger 129kSan Diego, CA circa 1920, USS Radford (DD-120), USS Sproston (DD-173), USS Breese (DD-122), USS Badger (DD-126) and USS Montgomery (DD-121). Naval Historical Center photo NH50241.Daniel Dunham
Badger 153kDestroyers laid up at San Diego, California. Some of the eighty reserve destroyers in San Diego harbor, part of some 260 destroyers laid up there and at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph dated 29 December 1926. Identifiable ships present include (from left to right): USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Jacob Jones (DD-130); USS Aulick (DD-258); USS Babbitt (DD-128); USS Twiggs (DD-127); and USS Badger (DD-126). Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Badger 50kCirca 1930's, location unknown.Marc Piché
Badger 138kDestroyers at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 April 1930 These ships are (from left to right): USS Badger (DD-126); USS Claxton (DD-140); USS Philip (DD-76); USS Broome (DD-210); and the stricken Corry (ex DD-334), which is being scrapped.Fred Weiss
Badger 140kUSS Badger (DD-126), At Villefranche-sur-Mer, France while serving with Squadron 40-T, circa 1939. Donation of the Oregon Army National Guard, Oregon Military Academy, 1975. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 82492.Robert Hurst
Badger 51kIn Marseilles, France during 1939.Ron Reeves
Badger 36kFebruary 1945, in Charleston.Paul Rebold
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Charleston, February 1 1945.
Mike Mohl
Badger 79kThree Wickes and two Clemson class destroyers await the scrapper´s torch at NAS Cape May, New Jersey in October of 1945. From Left; USS Greer (DD-145), USS Bainbridge (DD-246), USS Goff (DM-22 ex DD-247), USS Badger (DD-126) and USS Lea (DD-118).Gerd Matthes/Christopher Bainbridge McKnight

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR George Truman Swasey, Jr.    May 29 1919 - Nov 10 1920
LCDR Wilfred Everett Clarke    Nov 10 1920 - May 10 1921
CDR Nathan Woodworth Post    May 10 1921 - May 27 1922
(Decommissioned May 27 1922 - January 6 1930) 
LCDR Herbert Sidney Jones    Jan 6 1930 - Feb 6 1931
CDR James Dodson Maloney    Feb 6 1931 - Jun 10 1932
CDR Hiester Hoogewerff    Jun 10 1932 - May 29 1934
LCDR Samuel Hansford Hurt    May 29 1934 - Jun 10 1935 (Later RADM)
LCDR Isiah Parker    Jun 10 1935 - Jul 10 1937
LCDR Lars Oscar Peterson    Jul 10 1937 - Dec 10 1937                                           
LCDR Frederick Stacer Holmes    Dec 10 1937 - Apr 21 1938 
LCDR William Everett Hennigar    Apr 21 1938 - Jun 7 1940
LCDR Stanley Leith    Jun 7 1940 - Jun 19 1941
LCDR John William Schmidt    Jun 19 1941 - Aug 9 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR John Benjamin Morland    Aug 9 1942 - Nov 17 1942
LCDR Royal Alan Wolverton    Nov 17 1942 - Jan 4 1944
LCDR Alanson Thomas Enos III    Jan 4 1944 - Jul 20 1945

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