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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
Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding on September 24 1918.
Launched March 6 1920 and commissioned July 28 1920.
Decommissioned August 11 1922 to October 1 1930.
Loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-16 October 1 1930 and returned May 21 1934.
Reclassified Sea Plane Tender AVP-16 October 1 1939.
Recommissioned January 8 1940.
Classification changed to AVD-3 August 2 1940.
Classification changed back to DD-196 December 1 1943.
Converted to High Speed Transport APD-33 April 10 1944.
Classification changed back to DD-196 July 20 1945.
Decommissioned October 3 1945.
Stricken October 24 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

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
Badger 125kUSS George E. Badger (DD-196), Moored in a nest with two other destroyers, circa 1920. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1972. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 76376. Replacement for image # 0519604.Curt Clark/Robert Hurst/Darryl Baker
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
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Albert Gleaves Berry Jr.    Jul 28 1920 - Nov 29 1921
LCDR Robert Paul Hinrichs    Nov 29 1921 - Aug 11 1922
Decommissioned August 11 1922 to October 1 1930.
Under Coast Guard Command October 1 1930 to May 21 1934
LCDR Edward Hanson (Iceberg) Smith (USCG)    1932 - ? (Later RADM)
Under Navy Command as DD-196
LCDR Frank Akers    Jan 8 1940 - Apr 19 1941 (Later RADM)
as AVD-3
LCDR Robert Selden Purvis Jr.    Apr 19 1941 - Jul 9 1942
as AVP-16
LCDR William Henry Johnsen    Jul 9 1942 - Apr 22 1943
LT Thomas Hugh Byrd    Apr 22 1943 - Dec 6 1943
LCDR Edward Matthews Higgins Jr.    Dec 6 1943 - Aug 24 1945
as APD-33
LT Edward Casper Stokes II    Aug 24 1945 - Oct 3 1945

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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NavSource APD High-speed Transport Index
NavSource AVD Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) Index
NavSource AVP Small Seaplane Tender Index
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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