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USS Badger (DE 1071)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3)
Third Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star
Fourth Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon w/ 2 stars - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Badger (DE 1071) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 17 February 1968: Keel laid by Todd Shipyards, Inc., Los Angeles Div., San Pedro, Cal.
  • 7 December 1968: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Oscar C. Badger
  • 1 December 1970: Commissioned at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Comdr. William L. Britton in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 23 at Long Beach
  • 14 July 1973: Homeport changed to Pearl Harbor, Hi. as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 35
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1071)
  • 20 December 1991: Decommissioned at Pearl Harbor, Hi. after 21.1 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Stricken from the NVR
  • 21/22 July 1998: Sunk as a target
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    Badger 214k George Edmund Badger (17 April 1795 - 11 May 1866) was born on in New Bern, North Carolina. Following a partial college education at Yale University, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1814. Badger practiced law in North Carolina, was active in state politics, and served as a state superior court judge. 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. Badger was a cousin of naval officers Oscar C. Badger, Charles J. Badger and Oscar C. Badger II. (continued at...Wikipedia)

    Oscar C. Badger (12 August 1823 - 20 June 1899) was born in Mansfield, Connecticut. Appointed midshipman 9 September 1841, served in Independence, Saratoga, and the sidewheel steamer Mississippi. He attended the Naval School (as the Naval Academy was then called) at Annapolis, Md.; and was warranted a passed midshipman on 10 August 1847. Posted to the Pacific Squadron he served in Supply, the frigate Savannah, and the sloop Vincennes. After a tour of duty at the Naval Observatory in Washington DC he returned to the Pacific Squadron for duty in the sloop John Adams and, was assigned in turn to Plymouth, Macedonian, Minnesota, and, lastly, to the Washington Navy Yard. (continued at...DANFS)

    Charles J. Badger (6 August 1853 - 7 September 1932) was born in Rockville, Md., the son of Commodore Oscar Charles and Margaret M. (Johnston) Badger. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy at large by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1869, graduating in 1873. He married Sophia J. Champlin, October 4, 1882. Promoted to Captain, July 1, 1907. He served as Superintendent of the Naval Academy, 1907-09; commanded the battleship USS Kansas, 1909-11; promoted to Rear Admiral, March 8, 1911. He was retired by operation of law, August 6,1915, but continued on active duty as a member of the Navy General Board until February 28, 1921. He lived thereafter in Cleveland Park, D.C. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his contribution as chairman of the General Board during World War I. Rear Admiral Badger died 7 September 1932 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. (continued at...Arlington National Cemetary Web Site)

    Oscar Charles Badger II (26 June 1890 - 30 November 1958) was the son of Rear Admiral Charles J. Badger (q.v.) and the grandson of Commodore Oscar C. Badger, and was born on in Washington D.C. He entered the Naval Academy in 1907 and graduated in 1911 as a member of the last academy class to go to sea after graduation as passed midshipmen rather than as commissioned officers. He served first in Minnesota (Battleship No. 22) and then in Utah (BB 31). From the latter, he led the first landing party ashore at Veracruz, Mexico, on 21 April 1914 and was awarded the Medal of Honor for the eminent and conspicuous ... skill and courage with which he carried out that duty. (continued at...DANFS)

    USS Badger (DE 1071) (1970-1991) was the first ship to be named in honor of the four Badgers. She was precededed by Destroyer No. 126 (1919-1945), named for Commodore Oscar C. Badger; DD 196 (1920-1945), named for Senator George Edmund Badger; and DD 657 (1943-1957), named for Rear Admiral Charles Johnston Badger.

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    Badger 101k April 1975: the South China Sea - USS Badger (DE 1071) being refuelled by the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVA 41) during Operation Frequent Wind. (Original photograph by Dan MS) Robert Hurst
    Badger 90k April 1975: the South China Sea - USS Badger underway. (Original photograph by Dan MS)
    **Whipple / Badger** 87K circa 1977-1979: Badger, moored outboard of USS Whipple (DE 1062) at Pearl Harbor. Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    **Whipple / Badger** 73K
    Badger 166K 16 March 1978: the Pacific Ocean - Badger turning away to starboard from USS Sacramento (AOE 1) and USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). Badger had just completed a replenishment from Sacramento. (U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo #1996.488.104.053) Mike Green
    Badger 61k undated / location unknown Walter Bengtson
    Badger 93k 1 July 1980: At sea - An RGM-84 Harpoon missile is launched from an ASROC launcher aboard the Knox class frigate USS Badger (FF 1071). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-07005 from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Badger 225k 1 April 1983: At sea - Aerial port bow view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-06993 from the DVIC)
    Badger 195k 1 April 1983: At sea - Aerial starboard quarter view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-83-06996 from the DVIC)
    Badger 236k 1 October 1983: At sea - An aerial port beam view of Badger underway during recovery operations for downed Korean Airlines Flight 007. KAL-007 was shot down by a Soviet aircraft when it entered Soviet airspace. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-85-09928 by Ssgt Lee Schading from the DVIC)
    **Brooke / Badger** 333k 2 November 1983: Apra Harbor, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands - A port bow view of USS Brooke (FFG 1), front, and the frigate USS Badger (FF 1071) moored at a pier. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07741, by PHAN M. Anderson, from the DVIC)
    Badger 167k 2 November 1983: Apra Harbor, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands - A port bow view of Badger moored at a pier. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07740 by PHAN M. Anderson from the DVIC)
    Badger 207k 1 July 1984: At sea - A port beam view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-01565 by PHAN M. Anderson from the DVIC)
    Badger 162k 1 May 1985: At sea - A port beam view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09123 by PH3 Thomas M. Hensley from the DVIC)
    Badger 124k 1 May 1985: At sea - A port amidships view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09124 by PH3 Thomas M. Hensley from the DVIC)
    Badger 165k 1 May 1985: At sea - An elevated port amidships view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09125 by PH3 Thomas M. Hensley from the DVIC)
    Badger 204k 1 May 1985: At sea - A port quarter view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09128 by PH3 Thomas M. Hensley from the DVIC)
    Badger 143k 1 May 1985: At sea - A stern view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09129 by PH3 Thomas M. Hensley from the DVIC)
    Badger 293K 1 July 1985: At sea - An SH-2F Seasprite helicopter from Helicopter Light Anti-submarine Squadron 35 (HSL-35) takes off from the helicopter pad of the frigate Badger (FF 1071) during anti-submarine warfare exercises. The ship is participating in a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03038 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC) Robert Hurst
    Badger 166k 1 December 1985: At sea - A port bow view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-11048 by PH3 Thomas M. Hensley from the DVIC) Navsource
    Badger 486k 1 December 1985: At sea - An aerial port beam view of the frigate Badger underway in heavy seas. (U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Thomas Hensley from the DVIC) Robert Hurst
    Badger 224k 25 March 1986: At sea - A port beam view of Badger underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-08680 by PH3 K. McGlothin from the DVIC) Navsource
    Badger 130k 1 July 1986: At sea - A port bow view of Badger underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03054 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Badger 234k 1 July 1986: Midshipmen watch Badger from the deck of the frigate USS Davidson (FF 1045) during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03042 from DefenseImagery.mil)
    Badger 95k 1 July 1986: At sea - A midshipman plots a course in the combat information center of Badger during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-07108 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Badger 250K 1 July 1986: At sea - A port bow view of Badger underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03049 by PH3 Thomas Hensley from the DVIC) Robert Hurst
    ***Whipple / Badger*** 150K July 1987: Pearl Harbor - Badger pierside with USS Whipple (FF1062) outboard of her. Robert M. Cieri
    Badger 168k 1 February 1988: At sea - A starboard bow view of Badger underway in rough seas off Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04476 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC) Navsource
    Badger 147k 1 February 1988: At sea - A starboard bow view of Badger underway in rough seas off Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04477 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Badger 149k 1 February 1988: At sea - A starboard bow view of Badger underway in rough seas off Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04478 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Badger 133k 1 February 1988: At sea - A starboard bow view of Badger underway in rough seas off Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04479 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Badger 141k 1 February 1988: At sea - A starboard beam view of Badger underway in rough seas off Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04480 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Badger 65k 21 July 1998: Last known photo of Badger, the U.S. Navy sank ex-USS Badger during weapons exercises as a part of RIMPAC 98. She absorbed hits from Penguin, Hellfire, Maverick and telemetry Harpoon missiles. She was still afloat at sunset, but is assumed to have sunk sometime during the night as search aircraft could not locate her on the morning of the 22nd. Lcdr. J. Neil Hudson

    View the USS Badger (DE 1071) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Badger's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    PCUCmdr. Michael Duffy
    1.)  01 Dec. 1970 - 25 Jul. 1972Cmdr. William Lawson Britton
    2.)  25 Jul. 1972 - 21 Jan. 1974Cmdr. Robert Stephen Malone
    3.)  21 Jan. 1974 - 03 Mar. 1975Cmdr. William F. Fahey
    4.)  03 Mar. 1975 - 08 Mar. 1977Cmdr. Gene Paul Kessler
    5.)  08 Mar. 1977 - 10 Mar. 1979Cmdr. Bertrand Beasley J. Cassels, Jr.
    6.)  10 Mar. 1979 - 15 Jul. 1981Cmdr. James H. Ansley
    7.)  15 Jul. 1981 - 17 May 1983Cmdr. Charles Robert Stephen
    8.)  17 May 1983 - 11 Apr. 1985Cmdr. John Malcolm Schantz
    9.)  11 Apr. 1985 - 29 Jun. 1987Cmdr. Paul R. Erickson
    10.) 29 Jun. 1987 - 26 May 1989Cmdr. Robert E. Cyboron
    11.) 26 May 1989 - 24 May 1991Cmdr. Michael E. Duffy
    12.) 24 May 1991 - 20 Dec. 1991Cmdr. Jens A. Jensen

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    Additional Resources

    Lance Radebaugh's USS Badger Website
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Badger
    USS Badger Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Badger Page on Military.Com
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