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USS GEORGE E. BADGER (DD-196 / AVP-16 / AVD-3 / APD-33)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJG

Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems,
designed radius was 4900 nautical miles at 15 Knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Built by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA (YN 238)
Laid down 24 September 1918
Launched 06 March 1920
Commissioned 28 July 1920
Decommissioned 11 August 1922
Loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-16 01 October 1930
Returned to Navy custody 21 May 1934
Reclassified Seaplane Tender AVP-16 01 October 1939
Recommissioned at Philadelphia 08 January 1940
Classification changed to AVD-3 02 August 1940
Classification reverted back to DD-196 01 December 1943
Reclassified High Speed Transport APD-33 10 April 1944
Classification reverted back to DD-196 20 July 1945
Decommissioned at San Francisco 03 October 1945
Stricken 24 October 1945
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1946.

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Badger 109kGeorge Edmund Badger was born on 17 April 1795 in New Bern, North Carolina. Following a partial college education at Yale, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1814. Badger practiced law in North Carolina, was active in state politics and held public office on occasion. A supporter of Andrew Jackson from the 1820s, he separated with him in the mid-1830s, became a leader of the Whig party and helped carry the Whigs to victory in the 1840 Presidential election. Upon taking office, President William Henry Harrison appointed George E. Badger as his Secretary of the Navy, and he continued in that post when John Tyler succeeded to the Presidency upon Harrison's death. Badger's brief term as Secretary was marked by efforts to strengthen the Navy in the face of tension with Great Britain, the establishment of the Home Squadron and continued interest in steamships. Badger resigned in September 1841, during a general cabinet shakeup. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1846 and remained a Senator until 1855. His political activities continued into the 1860s, when he was a Unionist during the secession crisis but thereafter supported the Confederate war effort. George E. Badger died in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 11 May 1866.Bill Gonyo/Tom Kerman
USS George E. Badger (DD-196)

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

with her Embarked Planes and Escort Vessels constituting the Five Task Groups listed below for service as set forth in the following

"For outstanding performance in combat against enemy submarines in the Atlantic Area from April 20, 1943, to July 3, 1944. Carrying out powerful and sustained offensive action during a period of heavy German undersea concentrations threatening our uninterrupted flow of supplies to the European Theater of operations, the U.S.S. BOGUE, her embarked planes and her escorts tracked the enemy packs relentlessly and, by unwavering vigilance, persistent aggressiveness and perfect cooperation of all units involved, sank a notable number of hostile U-boats. The superb leadership of the BOGUE and the gallant spirit of the officers and men who fought her planes and manned her escort vessels were largely instrumental in forcing the complete withdrawal of enemy submarines from supply routes essential to the maintenance of our established military supremacy."

United States Ships Bogue, Lea, Greene, Belknap, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, and VC-9 from April 20 to June 20, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, Clemson, and VC-9 from July 12 to August 23, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, Clemson, Dupont and VC-19 from November 14 to December 29, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Haverfield, Swenning, Willis, Hobson (until March 25), Janssen (until April 7) and VC-95 from February 26 to April 19, 1944.
United States Ships Bogue, Haverfield, Swenning, Willis, Janssen, F. W. Robinson, and VC-69 from May 4 to July 3, 1944.

For the President,
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
25kThe future USS George E. Badger (yard number 238) and Welborn C. Wood (yard number 237) under construction at Newport News, circa late 1919 - early 1920.Dave Wright
Badger 125kUSS George E. Badger (DD-196), Moored in a nest with two other destroyers, circa 1920.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 76376, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1972.
Curt Clark/Robert Hurst/Darryl Baker
USCGC George E. Badger (CG-16)
Badger 25kSeen here as the USCGC George E. Badger (CG-16) at Naval Station Key West, FL, circa 1933.Joe Radigan
Badger 160kMembers of the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter George E. Badger (CG-16) pictured on board the ship while in the Marine Railway at the Boston Navy Yard, May 1933. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo

USS GEORGE E. BADGER DD-196 (AVP-16 - AVD-3 - APD-33) History
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Commanding Officers
USS George E. Badger (DD-196)
01LCDR Albert Gleaves Berry, Jr. (USNA 1914)28 July 1920 - 29 November 1921
02LCDR Robert Paul Hinrichs (USNA 1911)29 November 1921 - 11 August 1922
 Decommissioned11 August 1922 - 01 October 1930
USCGC George E. Badger (CG-16)
03LCDR Edward Hanson Smith USCG1932 - ????
USS George E. Badger (AVP-16/AVD-3/DD-196/APD-33/DD-196)
04LCDR Frank Akers (USNA 1922)08 January 1940 - 19 April 1941
05LCDR Robert Selden Purvis, Jr. (USNA 1926)19 April 1941 - 09 July 1942
06LCDR William Henry Johnsen (USNA 1931)09 July 1942 - 22 April 1943
07LT Thomas Hugh Byrd D-V(G), USNR22 April 1943 - 06 December 1943
08LCDR Edward Matthews Higgins, Jr. D-V(G), USNR06 December 1943 - 24 August 1945
09LT Edward Caspar Stokes II DE, USNR24 August 1945 - 03 October 1945
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

Note About Contacts.

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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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