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USS George E. Badger (APD-33)
USS George E. Badger (AVD-3) (1940-1944)
USS George E. Badger (AVP-16) (1940)
USCGC George E. Badger (CG-16) (1931 - 1934)
USS George E. Badger (DD-196) (1920 - 1931 / 1934 -1940, 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Kilo - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation - American Defense Service Medal (with "A" device)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal (1) - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 24 September 1918, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 6 March 1920
  • Commissioned USS George E Badger (DD-196), 28 July 1920, LCDR. Albert Gleaves Berry, Jr., in command
  • Decommissioned, 11 August 1922, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA., and turned over the Coast Guard
  • Loaned to the US Coast Guard, 20 March 1931 for Prohibition enforcement service
  • Commissioned USCGC George E. Badger (CG-16), Philadelphia Navy Yard, LCDR Edward H. Smith USCG, in command
  • Assigned to New London, CT, 3 April 1931
  • Assigned to temporary duty with the US Navy a Key West, 9 September 1933
  • Released from duty with the Navy, 8 November 1933, returned to duty in the Eastern Area.
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1934 and re-acquired by the Navy
  • Converted to an Aircraft Tender (Small) at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia
  • Recommissioned, 6 January 1940 as (AVP-16), LCDR. Frank Akers in command
  • Redesigned Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) (AVD-3), 2 August 1940
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.;
  • Redesigned (APD-33) in May 1944
  • During World War II USS George E. Badger participated in the following campaigns/actions:

    American Campaign

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    TG21.13, Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 12 July to 23 August 1943 TG21.12, Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 20 April to 20 June 1943 Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands
    6 September to 14 October 1944
      Sinking of U-613, 23 July 1943 Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 10 October to 29 November 1944
      Sinking of U-172, 12 December 1943 Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
      TG21.13, Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 11 November to 29 December 1943 Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 3 to 5 March 1945
        Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 May to 14 June1945

  • Reverted to (DD-196), 20 July 1945
  • Decommissioned, 3 October 1945, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
  • USS George E. Badger received the Presidential Unit Citation as a unit of TG 21.14 and earned ten battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 3 June 1946
    Displacement; 1,215 t.(lt) 1,780 t.(fl)
    Length; 314' 4"
    Beam; 30' 6"
    Draft; 9' 10"
    Speed; 27.6 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    Boats; 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    AVP Armament
    two single 4"/50 gun mounts (one forward, one aft)
    four .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns (mounted two on each side atop the midships deckhouse).
    APD Armament
    three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    three single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    two White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp

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    George E. Badger 111k
    Whig Senator from North Carolina, 1846-1855; U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1841
    . George Edmund Badger, born in New Bern, N.C., 13 April 1795, graduated from Yale in 1813 and studied law in Raleigh, N.C. Elected to the State legislature in 1816, he was judge of the Superior Court at Raleigh from 1820 to 1825. Appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Harrison in 1841, he resigned after Harrison's death. Elected to the Senate in 1846 and again in 1848, at the expiration of his term in 1854 he retired from public life and devoted himself completely to his law practice. An active opponent of secession, after his state passed its 1861 ordinance of secession he continued to be known as a member of the conservative element and attempted to exert a moderating influence. He died in Raleigh 11 May 1866. A vigorous speaker and debater, Badger was known for the depth of his research.
    From the Daguerreotype collection, Mathew Brady's studio. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Tom Kermen
    USS George E. Badger (AVP-16)
    George E. Badger
    138k Aerial view of USS George E. Badger (AVP-16) under way, circa 5 September 1940, location unknown. She wears her AVP number ("16") and the aviation star insignia on her bow and is armed with two 4"/50 guns (one forward, one aft) and four .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns (mounted two on each side atop the midships deckhouse).
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-45189, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis
    USS George E. Badger (APD-33)
    George E. Badger
    191k USS George E. Badger (APD-33) Booklet of General Plans - Schematic 1 - Main Deck / Inboard Profile / Outboard Profile.
    U.S. National Archives Identifier 75641648 Department of the Navy. Bureau of Construction and Repair. 1862-1940.
    Robert Hurst
    George E. Badger
    203k USS George E. Badger (APD-33) Booklet of General Plans - Schematic 2 - First Platform / Second Platform/ Signal Bridge / Bridge Deck / Gun Platform / Top of After Deck House / Hold.
    U.S. National Archives Identifier 75641646 Department of the Navy. Bureau of Construction and Repair. 1862-1940.
    Robert Hurst
    George E. Badger 196k Bow view of USS George E. Badger (APD-33) under way near Charleston, S.C., 15 May 1944, wearing camouflage measure 31/12t. The vertical colors should be dull black, navy green and ocean green, however, the panels which should be black are light, it may be that navy blue or navy green was used instead.
    US National Archives Bureau of Ships, Photo No. BS 65606 courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (
    Mike Green
    George E. Badger 22k USS George E. Badger (APD-33) under way, circa May 1944 to July 1945, location unknown. CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
    George E. Badger
    169k USS George E. Badger (APD-33) under way, in Leyte Gulf, 18 October 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-359766 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis
    George E. Badger 69k USS George E. Badger (APD-33) underway in Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands, 18 November 1944, during the early stages of the Leyte invasion. She is painted in what appears to be Camouflage Measure 31, Design 12T.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-359766, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    George E. Badger
    78k USS George E. Badger (APD-33) with UDT8 embarked is maintaining station off White Beach2, Lingayen Gulf, 9 January 1945.
    Photo by LTjg Edwin Klump aboard USS Russell (DD-414) as she was passing between screening assignments.
    John Chiquoine

    USS George E. Badger (APD-33)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Berry Jr., Albert Gleaves, USN (USNA 1914)28 July 1920 - 29 November 1921DD-196
    02LCDR. Hinrichs, Robert Paul, USN (USNA 1911)29 November 1921 - ?DD-196
    03LCDR. Smith, Edward H. (Iceberg) USCG :RADM1932CG-16
    05LCDR. Akers, Frank USN (USNA 1922) :RADM8 January 1940 - 19 April 1941AVP-16/AVD-3
    06LCDR. Purvis Jr., Robert Seldon, USN (USNA 1926) :RADM19 April 1941 - 9 July 1942AVD-3
    07LCDR. Johnson, William Henry, USN (USNA 1931)9 July 1942 - 22 April 1943AVD-3
    08LT. Byrd, Thomas Hugh USNR22 April 1943 - 6 December 1943AVD-3
    09LCDR. Higgins, Edward Matthew, USNR6 December 1943 - 24 August 1945AVD-3
    10LT. Stokes II, Edward Casper USNR24 August 1945 - 3 October 1945AVD-3
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
    US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS George B. Badger (AVP-16)

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