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USS CHARLES J. BADGER (DD-657)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NZDY

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel Staten Island NY September 24 1942.
Launched April 3 1943 and commissioned July 23 1943.
Decommissioned May 10 1946 and recommissioned September 10 1951.
Decommissioned December 20 1957.
Stricken February 1 1974.
Fate Sold May 10 1974 to Chile and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Badger 101kCharles Johnston Badger (6 August 1853 - 7 September 1932) was an admiral in the United States Navy. His active-duty career included service in the Spanish-American War and World War I. The son of Commodore Oscar C. Badger (1823-1899), Charles Badger was born 6 August 1853 in Rockville, Maryland. He attned the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1873.[1] Badger served in Cincinnati (C-7) during the Spanish-American War, and climaxed his career as Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his contribution as chairman of the Navy General Board during World War I. Rear Admiral Badger died 7 September 1932 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. R.Adm. Badger was a cousin of Secretary of the Navy George E. Badger (1790-1865); Admiral Oscar C. Badger II (18901958) was his son. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
Badger 79kArtist's conception of the Badger by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Badger 99kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Badger 75kLaid up in mothballs at Long Beach, California, date unknown. From left to right are USS Charles J. Badger (DD-657), USS Stemble (DD-644), USS Wiley (DD-597), USS Hudson (DD-475) and USS Hall (DD-583).Robert Hurst
Badger 87kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Badger 200kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Badger 148kUSS Charles J. Badger (DD-657) underway while leaving port, probably when recommissioned in 1951. The ship still has World War II era radar antennas. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107201.Robert Hurst
Badger 27kUSS Stockham (DD-683), USS Charles J. Badger (DD-657), USS Hazelwood (DD-531) and USS Heermann (DD-532), Spring 1954 in either Naples or Barcelona.Josh Tickle
Badger 217kNewspaper clipping describing the battle damage to the Badger at Okinawa.Circa late 1950s, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Badger 112kCirca late 1950s, location unknown.David Buell
Badger 118kCirca late 1950s, location unknown.David Buell
Badger 152kCirca late 1950s, location unknown.David Buell
Badger 50kSouth Boston Naval Annex, July 1960 Richard Leonhardt
Badger 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Badger 138kShip's patch.Wolfgang Hechler

USS CHARLES J. BADGER DD-657 History
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(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Goodwin Cooper    Jul 23 1943 - Apr 18 1944
LCDR John Henderson Cotten    Apr 18 1944 - Aug 26 1945
LT John Dandridge Henley Kane Jr.    Aug 26 1945 - Sep 22 1945
LCDR David Lombard Harris    Sep 22 1945 - May 10 1946
(Decommissioned May 10 1946 - Sep 10 1951)
CDR Hugh Marston Robinson    Sep 10 1951 - ?
CDR John Corbett Borden    Oct 1951 - Jan 1953
CDR Audley Hill McCain    ? 1956 - Dec 20 1957

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Donald J. Guilfoil
Address: 30 Echo Lane, Kings Park NY 11754
Phone: (631)269-9001
E-mail: DG776369@aol.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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