Charles Johnston Badger

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Charles Johnston Badger
Charles J. Badger.jpg
Born(1853-08-06)August 6, 1853
Rockville, Maryland, US
DiedSeptember 7, 1932(1932-09-07) (aged 79)
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited 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

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 (BB-21) 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.

During the Tampico Affair, Vice Admiral Badger commanded the Atlantic Fleet.[2]


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.[3]

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


Death and legacy[edit]

Rear Admiral Badger died September 7, 1932 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[5][1]

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

See also[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. ^ Quirk, Robert (1962). An Affair of Honor: Woodrow Wilson and the Occupation of Veracruz. University of Kentucky Press. p. 53. ISBN 978-0393003901.
  3. ^ "Ancestry".
  4. ^ "Valor awards for Charles Johnston Badger".
  5. ^ Burial Detail: Badger, Charles J – ANC Explorer
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
Academic offices
Preceded by Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet
Succeeded by