Charles Johnston Badger

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Charles Johnston Badger
Charles J. Badger.jpg
Born (1853-08-06)August 6, 1853
Rockville, Maryland
Died September 7, 1932(1932-09-07) (aged 79)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1873–1921
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Commands held U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
World War I
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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]


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.


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).


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]


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

External links[edit]

Media related to Charles Johnston Badger at Wikimedia Commons

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