Allied Warships

USS George E. Badger (AVD 3)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAVD 3 
ModSea plane tender 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down24 Sep 1918 
Launched6 Mar 1920 
Commissioned28 Jul 1920 
End service3 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned on 11 August 1922
Loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-16 from 1 October 1930 till 21 May 1934
Reclassified as sea plane tender AVP-16 on 1 October 1939
Recommissioned on 8 January 1940
Classification changed to AVD-3 on 2 August 1940
Converted back into a destroyer in early 1943 but classification changed back to DD-196 only on 1 December 1943
Converted to high speed transport and redesignated APD-33 on 19 May 1944
Classification changed back to DD-196 on 20 July 1945
Decommissioned on 3 October 1945
Stricken on 24 October 1945
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 3 June 1946


Commands listed for USS George E. Badger (AVD 3)

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1Lt.Cdr. Frank (Peak) Akers, USN8 Jan 194019 Apr 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Robert Selden Purvis, Jr., USN19 Apr 19419 Jul 1942 (1)
3T/Lt.Cdr. William Harry Johnsen, USN9 Jul 194222 Apr 1943
4Lt. Thomas Hugh Byrd, USNR22 Apr 19435 Dec 1943
5Edward Matthews Higgins, Jr., USNR5 Dec 194324 Aug 1945
6Edward Casper Stokes, USNR24 Aug 19453 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving George E. Badger include:

23 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-613 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic south of the Azores, in position 35°32'N, 28°36'W, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS George E. Badger.

13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-172 was sunk on 13 December 1943 in the mid-Atlantic after a 27 hour fight west of the Canary Islands, in position 26°29'N, 29°58'W, by depth charges and Fido homing torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (VC-19) of the American escort carrier USS Bogue and by some 200 depth charges from the US destroyers USS George E. Badger, USS Clemson, USS Osmond Ingram and USS Du Pont.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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