Charles Johnston Badger

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Charles Johnston Badger
Charles J. Badger.jpg
Born(1853-08-06)August 6, 1853
Rockville, Maryland
DiedSeptember 7, 1932(1932-09-07) (aged 79)
Place of burial
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service1873–1921
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Commands heldU.S. Atlantic Fleet
Battles/warsSpanish–American War
World War I
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Relations

Charles Johnston Badger (August 6, 1853 – September 7, 1932) was an admiral in the United States Navy. His active-duty career included service in the Spanish–American War and World War I.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of Commodore Oscar C. Badger (1823–1899), Charles Badger was born August 6, 1853 in Rockville, Maryland. He attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1873.[1]

Career[edit]

Badger served on the USS Cincinnati (C-7) during the Spanish–American War, and climaxed his career as Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet. He served as superintendent of the United States Naval Academy from 1907 to 1909.[1]

Badger commanded the USS Kansas from 1909 to 1911. He was promoted to rear admiral on March 8, 1911.[1]

He was an hereditary companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States as well as a member of the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Family[edit]

Badger married Sophia Jane Champlin (1860-1923) and had two children.

Their daughter was Elizabeth Champlin Badger (b. 1883), who married Captain H. F. Bryan, USN. They had three children.

Their son was Oscar Charles Badger II (1890 - 1958) who received the Medal of Honor for heroism at Vera Cruz in 1914 and went on to serve in both world wars. He retired from the Navy as an admiral in 1952.[2]

Rear Admiral Badger was a cousin of Secretary of the Navy George E. Badger (1790–1865).

Awards[edit]

Death and legacy[edit]

Rear Admiral Badger died September 7, 1932 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[4][1]

Two Navy ships have been named in his honor: USS Charles J. Badger (DD-657), and USS Badger (FF-1071).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. p. 22. ISBN 0837932017.
  2. ^ "Ancestry - Sign In".
  3. ^ "Valor awards for Charles Johnston Badger".
  4. ^ http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/cjbadger.htm Arlingtoncemetery.net entry

Attribution[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
James H. Sands
Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
1907–1909
Succeeded by
John M. Bowyer
Military offices
Preceded by
Hugo Osterhaus
Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet
1913–1914
Succeeded by
Frank F. Fletcher