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Charles J Badger DD- 657 - History

Charles J Badger DD- 657 - History

Charles J. Badger

Born 6 August 1863 in Rockville, Md., Charles J. Badger served in Cincinnati 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 General Board during World War I. Rear Admiral Badger died 7 September 1932 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

(DD-657: dp. 2,060; 1. 376'6"; b. 39'8"; dr. 17'9"; s.
36 k.; cpl. 319; a. 6 6", 10 21" tt., 6 dcp., 2 act.; cl.
Fletcher)

Charles J. Badger (DD-657) was launched 3 April 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N.Y.; sponsored by Miss I. E. Badger, and commissioned 23 July 1943, Commander W. G. Cooper in command.

Charles J. Badger arrived at San Francisco 30 November for Pacific duty, and on 17 December reported at Adak for almost continuous patrol and escort duty in the fog and storm-ridden Aleutians until August 1944. During this time she helped keep the Japanese off balance and unaware of the United States' strategic intentions involving the western Aleutians by joining in the heavy bombardments in the Kuriles in February and June. On 8 August she got underway for warmer waters and warmer action, calling at San Francisco and Pearl Harbor en route Manus. Here she joined an assault convoy and sailed 14 October for the return to the Philippines.
Entering Philippine waters she protected transports in the assault landings at Dulag, Leyte, on 20 October 1944, firing to drive off Japanese air attacks as the unloading proceeded. On the eve of the epic Battle for Leyte Gulf, Charles J. Badger guarded the retirement of empty transports to New Guinea, but returned to Leyte convoying reinforcements in mid-November. In December, she reported in Huon Gulf, New Guinea, for rehearsals of the Lingayen landings, for which she sailed 27 December. On 8 January 1945, as she entered Lingayen Gulf, her force was attacked by Japanese kamikazes, one of whose desperate number crashed the escort carrier Kitkun Bay ( CVE-71). Unloading of transports began 9 January, while Charles H. Badger's accurate AA fire helped protect the unloading during frequent enemy air attacks. Two days later, she escorted Kitkun Bay to San Pedro Bay, where she herself took up patrol duties. On 29 January, she guarded the landing of troops on the Zambales coast north of Bataan.

After a period at Ulithi, Charles J. Badger returned to Leyte to rehearse for the landings on the Kerama Retto, a key preliminary to the assault on Okinawa. Charles J. Badger arrived off the Retto 26 March 1946 to guard the landings, which took the Japanese completely by surprise. This did not prevent them, however, from quickly mounting suicide air attacks, during one of which Charles J. Badger aided in splashing a kamikaze short of its target. Once the landings on Okinawa began, the destroyer took position to guard the southern flank of the landings. On 7 April she joined a force moving north to meet the last Japanese naval force, mighty battleship Yamato and her accompanying cruiser and eight. destroyers. However, the accurate attack of carrier aircraft sank Yamato, the cruiser, and all but four of the destroyers before American surface forces could engage. Badger continued to offer fire support on call to aid the troops ashore. In the half light of early morning on 9 April, as she lay to on her fire support station, an 18-foot Japanese suicide boat suddenly sped out of the gloom, dropped a depth charge close aboard, and raced away. The explosion knocked out Charles J. Badger's engines and caused heavy flooding. Quick work controlled the flooding, and a tug brought the stricken destroyer into the Kerama Retto roadstead. After temporary repairs, she proceeded for overhaul to Bremerton, Wash., where she arrived 1 August. On 21 May 1946 she was placed out of commission in reserve at Long Beach, Calif.

Charles J. Badger was recommissioned 10 September 1951, and in February 1952 arrived at her new home port, Newport, R.I. From this base, she operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean, maintaining and providing services for the training of other types. Her first Atlantic crossing came from 9 June to 23 July 1953, when she sailed to visit Portsmouth, England, in company with two carriers and another destroyer. On 7 December she cleared Newport on the first leg of a round the world cruise, which found her operating for 2 months on patrol off the Korean coast and in the Taiwan Straits. She escorted transports bringing prisoners of war who had elected to join the Chinese Nationalists from Inchon to Taiwan, and took part in training operations off Japan until 22 May 1964, when she continued on around the world. Visits at Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Aden, Port Said, Naples, Villefranche, and Lisbon marked her progress to the Suez Canal and through the Mediterranean to Newport' where she arrived 17 July.

Charles J. Badger completed two tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in early 1956 and in late 1956-early 1957, during the second of which she patrolled watchfully during the Suez Crisis. Badger was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Boston 20 December 1957.

Charles J. Badger received five battle stars for World War II service.


CHARLES J BADGER DD 657

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    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid September 24 1942 - Launched April 3 1943

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DD-657 Charles J Badger

Charles J. Badger (DD-657) was laid down 24 September 1942, launched 3 April 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N.Y. sponsored by Miss I. E. Badger and commissioned 23 July 1943, Commander W. G. Cooper in command.

Charles J. Badger arrived at San Francisco 30 November for Pacific duty, and on 17 December reported at Adak for almost continuous patrol and escort duty in the fog and storm-ridden Aleutians until August 1944. During this time she helped keep the Japanese off balance and unaware of the United States' strategic intentions involving the western Aleutians by joining in the heavy bombardments in the Kuriles in February and June. On 8 August she got underway for warmer waters and warmer action, calling at San Francisco and Pearl Harbor en route Manus. Here she joined an assault convoy and sailed 14 October for the return to the Philippines.

Entering Philippine waters she protected transports in the assault landings at Dulag, Leyte, on 20 October 1944, firing to drive off Japanese air attacks as the unloading proceeded. On the eve of the epic Battle for Leyte Gulf, Charles J. Badger guarded the retirement of empty transports to New Guinea, but returned to Leyte convoying reinforcements in mid-November. In December, she reported in Huon Gulf, New Guinea, for rehearsals of the Lingayen landings, for which she sailed 27 December. On 8 January 1946, as she entered Lingayen Gulf, her force was attacked by Japanese kamikazes, one of whose desperate number crashed the escort carrier Kitkun Bay (CVE-71). Unloading of transports began 9 January, while Charles J.. Badger's accurate AA fire helped protect the unloading during frequent enemy air attacks. Two days later, she escorted Kitkun Bay to San Pedro Bay, where she herself took up patrol duties. On 29 January, she guarded the landing of troops on the Zambales coast north of Bataan.

After a period at Ulithi, Charles J. Badger returned to Leyte to rehearse for the landings on the Kerama Retto, a key preliminary to the assault on Okinawa. Charles J. Badger arrived off the Retto 26 March 1945 to guard the landings, which took the Japanese completely by surprise. This did not prevent them, however, from quickly mounting suicide air attacks, during one of which Charles J. Badger aided in splashing a kamikaze short of its target. Once the landings on Okinawa began, the destroyer took position to guard the southern flank of the landings. On 7 April she joined a force moving north to meet the last Japanese naval force, mighty battleship Yamato and her accompanying cruiser and eight destroyers. However, the accurate attack of carrier aircraft sank Yamato, the cruiser, and all but four of the destroyers before American surface forces could engage. Charles J. Badger continued offer fire support on call to aid the troops ashore. In the half light of early morning on 9 April, as she lay to on her fire support station, an 18-foot Japanese suicide boat suddenly sped out of the gloom, dropped a depth charge close aboard, and raced away. The explosion knocked out Charles J. Badger's engines and caused heavy flooding. Quick work controlled the flooding, and a tug brought the stricken destroyer into the Kerama Retto roadstead. After temporary repairs, she proceeded for overhaul to Bremerton, Wash., where she arrived 1 August. On 21 May 1946 she was placed out of commission in reserve at Long Beach, Calif.

Charles J. Badger was recommissioned 10 September 1951, and in February 1952 arrived at her new home port, Newport, R.I. From this base, she operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean, maintaining and providing services for the training of other types Her first Atlantic crossing came from 9 June to 23 July 1953, when she sailed to visit Portsmouth, England, in company with two carriers and another destroyer. On 7 December she cleared Newport on the first leg of a round the world cruise, which found her operating for 2 months on patrol off the Korean coast and in the Taiwan Straits. She escorted transports bringing prisoners of war who had elected to join the Chinese Nationalists from Inchon to Taiwan, and took part in training operations off Japan until 22 May 1954, when she continued on around the world. Visits at Hong Kong, Singapore Colombo, Aden, Port Said, Naples, Villefranche, and Lisbon marked her progress to the Suez Canal and through the Mediterranean to Newport, where she arrived 17 July.

Charles J. Badger completed two tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in early 1956 and in late 1956-early 1957, during the second of which she patrolled watchfully during the Suez Crisis. Charles J. Badger was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Boston 20 December 1957.

Charles J. Badger received five battle stars for World War II service.


USS Charles J. Badger DD-657

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Charles J Badger DD- 657 - History


The fourth Badger, Charles J. Badger (DD-657), was launched 3 April 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N.Y. sponsored by Miss I. E. Badger and commissioned 23 July 1943, Commander W. G. Cooper in command.

Charles J. Badger arrived at San Francisco 30 November for Pacific duty, and on 17 December reported at Adak for almost continuous patrol and escort duty in the fog and storm-ridden Aleutians until August 1944. During this time she helped keep the Japanese off balance and unaware of the United States' strategic intentions involving the western Aleutians by joining in the heavy bombardments in the Kuriles in February and June. On 8 August she got underway for warmer waters and warmer action, calling at San Francisco and Pearl Harbor en route Manus. Here she joined an assault convoy and sailed 14 October for the return to the Philippines.

Entering Philippine waters she protected transports in the assault landings at Dulag, Leyte, on 20 October 1944, firing to drive off Japanese air attacks as the unloading proceeded. On the eve of the epic Battle for Leyte Gulf, Charles J. Badger guarded the retirement of empty transports to New Guinea, but returned to Leyte convoying reinforcements in mid-November. In December, she reported in Huon Gulf, New Guinea, for rehearsals of the Lingayen landings, for which she sailed 27 December. On 8 January 1945, as she entered Lingayen Gulf, her force was attacked by Japanese kamikazes, one of whose desperate number crashed the escort carrier Kitkun Bay (CVE-71). Unloading of transports began 9 January, while Charles J.. Badger's accurate AA fire helped protect the unloading during frequent enemy air attacks. Two days later, she escorted Kitkun Bay to San Pedro Bay, where she herself took up patrol duties. On 29 January, she guarded the landing of troops on the Zambales coast north of Bataan.

After a period at Ulithi, Charles J. Badger returned to Leyte to rehearse for the landings on the Kerama Retto, a key preliminary to the assault on Okinawa. Charles J. Badger arrived off the Retto 26 March 1945 to guard the landings, which took the Japanese completely by surprise. This did not prevent them, however, from quickly mounting suicide air attacks, during one of which Charles J. Badger aided in splashing a kamikaze short of its target. Once the landings on Okinawa began, the destroyer took position to guard the southern flank of the landings. On 7 April she joined a force moving north to meet the last Japanese naval force, mighty battleship Yamato and her accompanying cruiser and eight destroyers. However, the accurate attack of carrier aircraft sank Yamato, the cruiser, and all but four of the destroyers before American surface forces could engage. Charles J. Badger continued offer fire support on call to aid the troops ashore. In the half light of early morning on 9 April, as she lay to on her fire support station, an 18-foot Japanese suicide boat suddenly sped out of the gloom, dropped a depth charge close aboard, and raced away. The explosion knocked out Charles J. Badger's engines and caused heavy flooding. Quick work controlled the flooding, and a tug brought the stricken destroyer into the Kerama Retto roadstead. After temporary repairs, she proceeded for overhaul to Bremerton, Wash., where she arrived 1 August. On 21 May 1946 she was placed out of commission in reserve at Long Beach, Calif.

Charles J. Badger was recommissioned 10 September 1951, and in February 1952 arrived at her new home port, Newport, R.I. From this base, she operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean, maintaining and providing services for the training of other types Her first Atlantic crossing came from 9 June to 23 July 1953, when she sailed to visit Portsmouth, England, in company with two carriers and another destroyer. On 7 December she cleared Newport on the first leg of a round the world cruise, which found her operating for 2 months on patrol off the Korean coast and in the Taiwan Straits. She escorted transports bringing prisoners of war who had elected to join the Chinese Nationalists from Inchon to Taiwan, and took part in training operations off Japan until 22 May 1964, when she continued on around the world. Visits at Hong Kong, Singapore Colombo, Aden, Port Said, Naples, Villefranche, and Lisbon marked her progress to the Suez Canal and through the Mediterranean to Newport, where she arrived 17 July.

Charles J. Badger completed two tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in early 1966 and in late 1966-early 1967, during the second of which she patrolled watchfully during the Suez Crisis. Charles J. Badger was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Boston 20 December 1967.

Charles J. Badger received five battle stars for World War II service.

Specifications:

  • Fletcher Class Destroyer
  • Displacement: 2924 tons
  • Length: 376'64"
  • Beam: 39'8"
  • Draft: 17'9"
  • Speed: 38 knots

Armament:
Varied according to classification

  • Main - Five 127mm L/38 single mounts
  • Secondary - None
  • Four 28mm L/73 in one quadruple mount anti-aircraft gun
  • Four 20mm L/70 anti-aircraft guns
  • Ten 533mm torpedo tubs in two quintuple mounts
  • Dept Charges - 6 x K-gun, 2 x depth charge track
  • Main - Five 137mm L/38 single mounts
  • Secondary - None
  • Four 40mm L/56 in two twin mount anti-aircraft guns
  • Four 20mm L/70 anti-aircraft guns
  • Ten 533mm torpedo tubs in two quintuple mounts
  • Dept Charges - 6 x K-gun, 2 x depth charge track
  • Main - Five 137mm L/38 single mounts
  • Secondary - None
  • Six 40mm L/56 in three twin mount anti-aircraft guns
  • Eleveen 20mm L/70 anti-aircraft guns
  • Ten 533mm torpedo tubs in two quintuple mounts
  • Dept Charges - 6 x K-gun, 2 x depth charge track
  • Main - Five 137mm L/38 single mounts
  • Secondary - None
  • Ten 40mm L/56 in five twin mount anti-aircraft guns
  • Seven 20mm L/70 anti-aircraft guns
  • Ten 533mm torpedo tubs in two quintuple mounts
  • Dept Charges - 6 x K-gun, 2 x depth charge track
  • Main - Five 137mm L/38 single mounts
  • Secondary - None
  • Fourteen 40mm L/56 in two quadruple and three twin mounts
  • Twelve 20mm L/70 in six twin mount anti-aircraft guns
  • Ten 533mm torpedo tubs in two quintuple mounts
  • Dept Charges - 6 x K-gun, 2 x depth charge track

An additional and noteable event involving Charles J. Badger:

Off the island of Kerama Rhetto the Charles J. Badger (DD-657) shot down a kamikaze which was diving on the George E. Badger.


Service History

World War II

Charles J. Badger arrived at San Francisco, Calif. 30 November for Pacific duty, and on 17 December 1943 reported at Adak, Alaska for almost continuous patrol and escort duty in the fog and storm-ridden Aleutians until August 1944. During this time, she helped keep the Japanese off balance and unaware of the United States' strategic intentions involving the western Aleutians by joining in the heavy bombardments in the Kurils in February and June. On 8 August, she got underway for warmer waters and warmer action, calling at San Francisco and Pearl Harbor en route Manus Island. Here she joined an assault convoy and sailed 14 October for the return to the Philippines.

Entering Philippine waters she protected transports in the assault landings at Dulag, Leyte, on 20 October 1944, firing to drive off Japanese air attacks as the unloading proceeded. On the eve of the epic Battle for Leyte Gulf, Badger guarded the retirement of empty transports to New Guinea, but returned to Leyte convoying reinforcements in mid-November. In December, she reported in Huon Gulf, New Guinea, for rehearsals of the Lingayen landings, for which she sailed 27 December. On 8 January 1945, as she entered Lingayen Gulf, her force was attacked by Japanese kamikazes, one of which crashed into Kitkun Bay. Unloading of transports began 9 January, while Badger ' s accurate AA fire helped protect the unloading during frequent enemy air attacks. Two days later, she escorted Kitkun Bay to San Pedro Bay, where she herself took up patrol duties. On 29 January, she guarded the landing of troops on the Zambales coast north of Bataan.

After a period at Ulithi, Badger returned to Leyte to rehearse for the landings on the Kerama Retto, a key preliminary to the assault on Okinawa. Badger arrived off the Retto 26 March 1945 to guard the landings, which took the Japanese completely by surprise. This did not prevent them, however, from quickly mounting suicide air attacks, during one of which Badger aided in splashing a kamikaze short of its target. Once the landings on Okinawa began, the destroyer took position to guard the southern flank of the landings. On 7 April she joined a force moving north to meet the last Japanese naval force Yamato and Yahagi and eight destroyers. However, the accurate attack of carrier aircraft sank Yamato, Yahagi, and all but four of the destroyers before American surface forces could engage.

Badger continued to offer fire support on call to aid the troops ashore. In the halflight of early morning on 9 April, as she lay to on her fire support station, an 18-foot Japanese suicide boat suddenly sped out of the gloom, dropped a depth charge close aboard, and raced away. The explosion knocked out Badger ' s engines and caused heavy flooding. Quick work controlled the flooding, and a tug brought the stricken destroyer into the Kerama Retto roadstead. After temporary repairs, she proceeded for overhaul to Bremerton, Wash., where she arrived 1 August. On 21 May 1946 she was placed out of commission in reserve at Long Beach, Calif.

1951-1957

Charles J. Badger was recommissioned 10 September 1951, and in February 1952 arrived at her new home port, Newport, R.I. From this base, she operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean, maintaining and providing services for the training of other types. Her first Atlantic crossing came from 9 June to 23 July 1953, when she sailed to visit Portsmouth, England, in company with two aircraft carriers and another destroyer. On 7 December, she cleared Newport on the first leg of a round the world cruise, which found her operating for 2 months on patrol off the Korean coast and in the Taiwan Straits. She escorted transports bringing prisoners of war who had elected to join the Chinese Nationalists from Inchon to Taiwan, and took part in training operations off Japan until 22 May 1954, when she continued on around the world. Visits at Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Aden, Port Said, Naples, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and Lisbon marked her progress to the Suez Canal and through the Mediterranean to Newport, where she arrived 17 July.

Badger completed two tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in early 1956 and in late 1956-early 1957, during the second of which she patrolled watchfully during the Suez Crisis. Badger was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Boston, Mass. 20 December 1957.

The ship was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register 1 February 1974. She was sold 10 May 1974 to Chile and cannibalized for spare parts for other ships.


Charles J Badger DD- 657 - History

December 1953 - July 1954 Cruise Book

A great part of naval history.

You would be purchasing an exact copy of the USS Charles J Badger DD 657 cruise book during this time period. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

Some of the items in this book are as follows:

  • Ports of Call: Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, Yokosuka Okinawa and Kure Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo Ceylon, Aden Arabia, Port Said, Egypt, Naples Italy, VilleFranche France, Barcelona Spain, Lisbon Portugal
  • Divisional Group Photos
  • Equator Crossing Ceremony
  • Many Crew Activity Photos
  • Plus Much More

Over 140 Photos on Approximately 49 Pages.

Once you view this book you will know what life was like on this Destroyer during this time period.

Additional Bonus:

  • 6 Minute Audio of " Sounds of Boot Camp " in the late 50's early 60's
  • 20 Minute Audio of a " 1967 Equator Crossing " (Not this ship but the Ceremony is Traditional)
  • Other Interesting Items Include:
    • The Oath of Enlistment
    • The Sailors Creed
    • Core Values of the United States Navy
    • Military Code of Conduct
    • Navy Terminology Origins (8 Pages)
    • Examples: Scuttlebutt, Chewing the Fat, Devil to Pay,
    • Hunky-Dory and many more.

    Bring the Cruise Book to Life with this Multimedia Presentation


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    Mục lục

    Charles J. Badgerđược đặt lườn tại xưởng tàu của hãng Bethlehem Steel Co. ở Staten Island, New York vào ngày 24 tháng 9 năm 1942. Nó được hạ thủy vào ngày 3 tháng 4 năm 1943 được đỡ đầu bởi cô I. E. Badger và nhập biên chế vào ngày 23 tháng 7 năm 1943 dưới quyền chỉ huy của Hạm trưởng, Trung tá Hải quân W. G. Cooper.

    Thế Chiến II Sửa đổi

    Charles J. Badger đi đến San Francisco, California vào ngày 30 tháng 11 năm 1943 để nhận nhiệm vụ tại Mặt trận Thái Bình Dương, và đến ngày 17 tháng 12 đã trình diện tại Adak, Alaska, nơi nó hoạt động tuần tra và hộ tống hầu như liên tục tại vùng biển quần đảo Aleut đầy sương mù và bão tố cho đến tháng 8 năm 1944, đồng thời tham gia các đợt bắn phá xuống quần đảo Kuril trong tháng 2 và tháng 6 nhằm đánh lạc hướng đối phương khỏi hướng chiến lược của Đồng Minh về phía Tây quần đảo Alet. Đến ngày 8 tháng 8, nó quay trở về vùng biển nước ấm, ghé qua San Francisco và Trân Châu Cảng trên đường đi đến đảo Manus, nơi nó gia nhập một đoàn tàu vận tải rồi lên đường vào ngày 14 tháng 10 để tham gia Chiến dịch Philippines.

    Đi đến vùng biển Philippines, Charles J. Badger bảo vệ cho các tàu vận chuyển trong cuộc đổ bộ ban đầu lên Dulag, Leyte vào ngày 20 tháng 10, đánh trả các cuộc không kích của Nhật Bản trong khi các tàu vận tải đang chất dỡ. Đêm trước khi diễn ra trận Hải chiến vịnh Leyte, nó hộ tống các tàu vận tải rỗng rút lui về New Guinea, nhưng đã cùng đoàn tàu vận tải chở lực lượng tăng viện quay trở lại Leyte vào giữa tháng 11. Sang tháng 12, nó trình diện tại vịnh Huon, New Guinea để tổng dượt cho cuộc đổ bộ tiếp theo lên vịnh Lingayen, Philippines, khi nó lên đường vào ngày 27 tháng 12.

    Khi tiến vào vịnh Lingayen vào ngày 8 tháng 1 năm 1945, đội đặc nhiệm của Charles J. Badger chịu đựng những cuộc tấn công cảm tử bởi máy bay Kamikaze Nhật Bản, vốn đã đâm trúng tàu sân bay hộ tống Kitkun Bay (CVE-71). Việc chất dỡ những tàu vận chuyển bắt đầu từ ngày 9 tháng 1, khi hỏa lực phòng không của chiếc tàu khu trục đã giúp bảo vệ chống trả các đợt không kích thường xuyên. Nó hộ tống Kitkun Bay đi vịnh San Pedro hai ngày sau đó, nơi nó làm nhiệm vụ tuần tra, và đến ngày 29 tháng 1, nó bảo vệ cho cuộc đổ bộ lên bờ biển Zambales về phía Bắc Bataan.

    Sau một giai đoạn bảo trì và tiếp liệu tại Ulithi, Charles J. Badger quay trở lại Leyte để tổng dượt cho cuộc đổ bộ lên Kerama Retto, một bước đệm quan trọng cho việc tấn công lên Okinawa. Nó đi đến ngoài khơi Retto vào ngày 26 tháng 3 để bảo vệ cho cuộc đổ bộ vốn hoàn toàn gây bất ngờ cho phía Nhật Bản. Tuy nhiên điều này cũng không ngăn được đối phương nhanh chóng tung ra hàng hoạt các cuộc không kích tự sát, và chiếc tàu khu trục đã bắn rơi một máy bay Kamikaze tấn công. Khi cuộc đổ bộ chính bắt đầu, con tàu đã chiếm vị trí phòng thủ bảo vệ ở sườn phía Nam khu vực đổ bộ, và vào ngày 7 tháng 4 nó tham gia một lực lượng đi lên phía Bắc để đối đầu với lực lượng Hải quân Nhật Bản cuối cùng còn lại: thiết giáp hạm Yamato, tàu tuần dương Yahagi cùng tám tàu khu trục. Tuy nhiên, những cuộc không kích của máy bay từ tàu sân bay đã đánh chìm Yamato, Yahagi và bốn tàu khu trục trước khi lực lượng tàu nổi Hoa Kỳ tiếp xúc đối phương.

    Charles J. Badger tiếp tục hoạt động bắn pháo theo yêu cầu để trợ giúp binh lính trên bờ. Đang khi nó trực chiến tại vị trí hỗ trợ hỏa lực vào sáng ngày 9 tháng 4, một xuồng máy cảm tử Nhật Bản dài 18 ft (5,5 m) xuất hiện và lao vào con tàu, thả một quả mìn sâu sát bên lườn tàu rồi rút chạy. Vụ nổ đã phá hỏng động cơ của chiếc tàu khu trục và khiến nó bị ngập nước nặng tuy nhiên việc kiểm soát hư hỏng có hiệu quả đã ngăn được việc ngập nước, và một tàu kéo đã giúp con tàu rút lui về Kerama Retto. Sau khi được sửa chữa tạm thời, nó quay trở về Hoa Kỳ để được đại tu tại Bremerton, Washington, về đến nơi vào ngày 1 tháng 8. Chiếc tàu khu trục được cho xuất biên chế vào ngày 21 tháng 5 năm 1946 và đưa về thành phần dự bị tại Long Beach, California.

    1951-1957 Sửa đổi

    Charles J. Badger được cho nhập biên chế trở lại vào ngày 10 tháng 9 năm 1951, và đến tháng 2 năm 1952 đã chuyển sang cảng nhà mới tại Newport, Rhode Island. Từ căn cứ này, nó hoạt động dọc theo vùng bờ Đông và vùng biển Caribe, huấn luyện và tập trận duy trì khả năng sẵn sàng chiến đấu. Con tàu thực hiện chuyến đi vượt Đại Tây Dương đầu tiên từ ngày 9 tháng 6 đến ngày 23 tháng 7 năm 1953, viếng thăm Portsmouth, Anh Quốc cùng hai tàu sân bay và một tàu khu trục khác. Đến ngày 7 tháng 12, nó khởi hành từ Newport cho chặng đầu tiên của chuyến đi vòng quanh thế giới, hoạt động tuần tra ngoài khơi bờ biển Triều Tiên và tại eo biển Đài Loan trong hai tháng. Con tàu đã giúp vận chuyển những tù binh chiến tranh Trung Hoa lựa chọn gia nhập lực lượng Trung Hoa dân quốc đi từ Inchon đến Đài Loan, rồi hoạt động huấn luyện ngoài khơi Nhật Bản cho đến ngày 22 tháng 5 năm 1954, khi nó tiếp tụ chuyến đi vòng quanh thế giới. Nó đã ghé qua các cảng Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Aden, trước khi băng qua kênh đào Suez để tiến vào Địa Trung Hải, tiếp tục viếng thăm Port Said, Naples, Villefranche-sur-Mer và Lisbon, và về đến Newport vào ngày 17 tháng 7.

    Charles J. Badger còn hoàn tất thêm hai lượt phục vụ cùng Đệ Lục hạm đội tại Địa Trung Hải vào đầu năm 1956 và cuối năm 1956-đầu năm 1957, nơi nó tuần tra canh phòng lúc xảy ra vụ Khủng hoảng kênh đào Suez. Con tàu được cho xuất biên chế tại Boston, Massachusetts vào ngày 20 tháng 12 năm 1957 tên nó được cho rút khỏi danh sách Đăng bạ Hải quân vào ngày 1 tháng 2 năm 1974, và được bán cho Chile vào ngày 10 tháng 5 năm 1974 để tháo dỡ làm nguồn phụ tùng cho các con tàu khác còn hoạt động.

    Charles J. Badger được tặng thưởng năm Ngôi sao Chiến trận do thành tích phục vụ trong Thế Chiến II.


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    USS Charles J Badger DD 657

    World Cruise

    December 1953 - July 1954 Cruise Book

    Bring the Cruise Book to Life with this Multimedia Presentation

    This CD will Exceed your Expectations

    A great part of Naval history.

    You would be purchasing the USS Charles J Badger DD 657 cruise book during this time period. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

    This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

    Some of the items in this book are as follows:

    • Ports of Call: Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, Yokosuka Okinawa and Kure Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Columbo Ceylon, Aden Arabia, Port Said, Egypt, Naples Italy, VilleFranche France, Barcelona Spain, Lisbon Portugal
    • Divisional Group Photos
    • Equator Crossing Ceremony
    • Many Crew Activity Photos
    • Plus Much More

    Over 140 Photos on Approximately 49 Pages.

    Once you view this book you will know what life was like on this Destroyer during this time period.

    Additional Bonus:

    • 6 Minute Audio of " Sounds of Boot Camp " in the late 50's early 60's
    • 20 Minute Audio of a " 1967 Equator Crossing " (Not this ship but the Ceremony is Traditional)
    • Other Interesting Items Include:
      • The Oath of Enlistment
      • The Sailors Creed
      • Core Values of the United States Navy
      • Military Code of Conduct
      • Navy Terminology Origins (8 Pages)
      • Examples: Scuttlebutt, Chewing the Fat, Devil to Pay,
      • Hunky-Dory and many more.

      Why a CD instead of a hard copy book?

      • The pictures will not be degraded over time.
      • Self contained CD no software to load.
      • Thumbnails, table of contents and index for easy viewing reference.
      • View as a digital flip book or watch a slide show. (You set the timing options)
      • Back ground patriotic music and Navy sounds can be turned on or off.
      • Viewing options are described in the help section.
      • Bookmark your favorite pages.
      • The quality on your screen may be better than a hard copy with the ability to magnify any page.
      • Full page viewing slide show that you control with arrow keys or mouse.
      • Designed to work on a Microsoft platform. (Not Apple or Mac) Will work with Windows 98 or above.

      Personal Comment from "Navyboy63"

      The cruise book CD is a great inexpensive way of preserving historical family heritage for yourself, children or grand children especially if you or a loved one has served aboard the ship. It is a way to get connected with the past especially if you no longer have the human connection.

      If your loved one is still with us, they might consider this to be a priceless gift. Statistics show that only 25-35% of sailors purchased their own cruise book. Many probably wished they would have. It's a nice way to show them that you care about their past and appreciate the sacrifice they and many others made for you and the FREEDOM of our country. Would also be great for school research projects or just self interest in World War II documentation.

      We never knew what life was like for a sailor in World War II until we started taking an interest in these great books. We found pictures which we never knew existed of a relative who served on the USS Essex CV 9 during World War II. He passed away at a very young age and we never got a chance to hear many of his stories. Somehow by viewing his cruise book which we never saw until recently has reconnected the family with his legacy and Naval heritage. Even if we did not find the pictures in the cruise book it was a great way to see what life was like for him. We now consider these to be family treasures. His children, grand children and great grand children can always be connected to him in some small way which they can be proud of. This is what motivates and drives us to do the research and development of these great cruise books. I hope you can experience the same thing for your family.

      If you have any questions please send us an E-mail prior to purchasing.

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