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Submitted by: Mike Huckaba
Date: Jan 31st, 2014
Relation: Former Shipmate and Friend
Baker, Kevin

Years Aboard: 84-86

Rank/Rate: PN/1

Division: ADMIN

Last Residence: Kenosha, WI


PN1 Kevin Baker, who remained a good friend up until his death, succumbed to cancer April 16, 2012.

Beamer, Gary

Years Aboard: 71-73

Rank/Rate: EM/3

Division: R

Last Residence: Unk


Gary came aboard Badger in '71. He made the ship's 1st Wes Pac and enjoyed his time and friends while stationed there!

In 1975 Gary was killed by a drunk driver. His friends Mitch, Tyrone, and Larry Hunter were able to be with us at this time of loss!

This picture of Gary was taken in 1972 off the Viet Nam coast..

Submitted by: Bruce Aiton
Date: Feb 16th, 2019
Relation: Former Shipmate and Friend
Black, Gary W.

Years Aboard: 71-72

Rank/Rate: BM/C

Division: 1st

Last Residence: Saint Joseph, MO


Gary William Black, 77, St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph.

He was born July 13, 1941, to Clarence William and Anna Virginia (Conard) Black, in St. Joseph.

Gary served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until retiring in 1981. He served on the USS Badger DE-1071 in 1971 and 1972 and made Badgers 1st Westpac cruise. Gary also worked for and retired from the State of Missouri.

He married Toshiko Kosuge on October 25, 1963, and they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year. She survives of the home.

Submitted by: John Hudson, BTCS USN (Ret.)
Date: May 9th, 2013
Relation: Former Shipmate
Britton, William

Years Aboard: 70-72

Rank/Rate: CAPTAIN

Last Residence: Laguna Hills, CA.


Captain William L. Britton was born on 02JUN1930 in Cleveland, Ohio and attended public schools in Spencerville. He entered the Naval Academy in 1949 and graduated in 1953.

There was a mistaken rumor that Captain Britton was a former enlisted man. It was his days as a midshipman that he used to recall when he visited engineering spaces, which was at least once a week on a purely social basis.

Captain Britton passed away on 18JUN2012. He had moved from Santa Barbara around 2007 to Laguna Hills, CA.

Submitted by: Vince Carey
Date: Januray 2nd, 2005
Relation: Son
Carey, Ed

Years Aboard: 70-74

Rank/Rate: DK/1

Division: Supply

Last Residence: Unk


My dad, DK-1 Ed Carey was a Plank Owner and served on the Badger until 1974. I have very fond memories of the Badger from Todd Shipyard until its assignment to Pearl. If anyone has any info on Joe Sheets or Barry Butz, I would love to here about it. My dad pasted away in July '98 and remained very proud of his shipmates and the legacy of the USS Badger DE-1071.

Thank You from a very proud son.

Submitted by: John Hudson, BTCS USN (Ret.)
Date: May 27th, 2005
Relation: Shipmate
CDR. Fahey, William

Years Aboard: 74-75

Rank/Rate: Commanding Officer (CO)

Last Residence: (Unk)


Commander Fahey took command of the USS Badger in Subic Bay, Rebublic of Phillippines halfway throught the Badger's second deployment. He commanded Badger through special operations around Guam, a fleet missle exercise in an intensive ASW operation in the South China Sea. CDR. Fahey brought the Badger to Hong Kong, Keelung, Kaohslung, Taiwan and Midway Island for vists prior to completion of the Badger's second deployment at Pearl Harbor May 18th.

Commander Fahey (later promoted to Captain) is buried near the Pentagon.

Submitted by: John Hudson, BTCS USN (Ret.)
Date: Sept 09th, 2005
Relation: Shipmate
Gorski, Jeff

Years Aboard: 71-73

Rank/Rate: MM/3

Residence: Portland, OR


The BADGER's 2nd cruisebook was dedicated in memoriam to Jeff Gorski and the following Eulogy is from Page 2. "He served on BADGER for two years as a Machinist Mate, but he is remembered as a quiet concerned friend. Jeff was a real part of this crew. He shared the long hours and disappointments. He laughed and enjoyed good times too. There is a unique thing about a Destroyer in that each man becomes an essential part of the whole thing. When the crew loses a member, the ship suffers and the man is sorely missed. The BADGER remembers her men. We remember Jeff."

Jeff and a couple of shipmates were swimming at a beach in Guam. Evidently this particular beach was very close to the outlet of a river from the islands’ interior. Jeff got caught in the outflow current from the river and pulled out to sea. Despite his shipmates valiant efforts to save him he drowned. Jeff was the BADGER’S first casualty.

Submitted by: Bruce Aiton
Date: Feb 16th, 2019
Relation: Former Shipmate and Friend
Hudson, John

Years Aboard: 70-74

Rank/Rate: MM/C

Residence: Rosewell, NM


John Hudson, 77, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019 at his home in Roswell, NM.
Services are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory.

John was a Badger Plank Owner serving from 1970-1974. He was promoted to BTC during the
first Westpac cruise.

Submitted by: John Hudson, BTCS USN (Ret.)
Date: May 26th, 2005
Relation: Shipmate
Killian, John

Years Aboard: 70-73

Rank/Rate: BT/3

Division: B

Last Residence: Vader, WA


John Killian was a BT-3 on Badger from commissioning until about 1973. A helluva good guy and a hard worker. He married a young WAVE in Long Beach and I have heard they were married about seven years and had a son. They got divorced and he married Kristy in 1980. They  were honeymooning at Fawn Lake when Mount St. Helens erupted. See article and memorial links below for more information.

Click here: The Capital City's Newspaper Online

Click here: Mt. St. Helens Victim's Memorial

Submitted by: Donna Waugh
Date: October 23rd, 2007
Relation: Spouse
Lusk, Chester 1950-2006

Years Aboard: 70-74

Rank/Rate: BTFA

Division: B

Last Residence: Bullhead City, AZ


Chester Allen Lusk was a plank owner on the Badger and served from 1970 - 1974. Chester passed away 29 Sept 2006 after a valiant battle with cancer. Thanks and God Bless the USN.

Submitted by: John Malcolm Schantz Jr.
Date: December 2nd, 2007
Relation: Son
Schantz, John Malcolm

Years Aboard: 83-85

Rank/Rate: CAPTAIN

Last Residence: White Stone, VA


John Malcolm Schantz, Capt. USN (Ret.), 66, of White Stone died October 12, 2007.

Malcolm was born in Long Beach California, the oldest son of the late RADM Curtiss W. Schantz (DC) USN and the former Catherine McLellan of Seattle Wash. During childhood, he moved with his family among various duty stations. In 1955, he won a scholarship to Valley Forge Military Academy and in his senior year was second in command of the Corps of Cadets. He then attended the Naval Academy, graduating with the Class of 1963.

On graduation he went to sea in USS Conway . He married the former Sarah Taft Gates of Howell, Michigan, to whom he remained happily married for 43 years. He graduated from the Destroyer School in 1965, and served over ten years at sea in destroyers and amphibious ships, and as officer in charge of a support base for river patrol boats in the Mekong Delta. For his Viet Nam service, Lt. Schantz was decorated with the Legion of Merit and Combat V. He later commanded frigates Rathburne and Badger in the Pacific Fleet. He loved the sea, relished the challenges of command, and enjoyed a reputation for initiative. In 1983, under his command, Badger was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for special operations during the search for Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and was commended by the Director of NSA.

Shore duty included staff assignments in Naples, Italy; Roosevelt Roads; London, England; and Pearl Harbor. He deftly avoided Washington duty until his last assignment in the Pentagon as Director of Surface ASW in OP-95. There, he wrote the Navy's ASW Master Plan, for which he was decorated with a second Legion of Merit.

A heart attack resulted in disability retirement in 1988 after 26 years of service. He worked for three years for EDO Corp in New York and then taught High School Physics in Wakefield, Va.. He was headmaster of a private school for several years before finally retiring in 1998 to a farmhouse on Virginia's Northern Neck.

He remained active tutoring school children in math, and pursuing his hobby of rifle marksmanship.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Sarah Taft Gates Schantz; a son John M. Schantz, Jr. of Chantilly and his brother, Curtiss W. Schantz, Capt. USN (Ret) of Virginia Beach. He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Jean Webb.

If anyone wishes to contact the Schantz family please email John M. Schantz Jr. at

Submitted by: Janice Taylor
Date: March 15th, 2010
Relation: Wife
Taylor, John T.

Years Aboard: 84-88

Rank/Rate: EMCM (SW)

Last Residence: Titusville, FL


John succumbed to cancer on March 15, 2010, a week before his 72nd birthday. He enlisted 13 June 1956, retired 1 March 1989. He started his career as a PN, converted to IC under the SCORE program (1972), became EMCM when he gained the second star.

Badger was his favorite ship. After retiring, he graduated from Chaminade U and taught until 2002, in Hawaii and in Florida. We then became full time RVers, visiting 48 states and several Canadian provinces, stopping our travels only when he became too weak to drive the RV, in November 2009.

His wife, Janice welcomes messages from all who would like to talk story. Email to .

John's ashes will be interred in the columbarium at Punchbowl later this year. He never lost his love for Hawaii and was planning our return when he died.

This photo was taken in 1976 just after his promotion to ICCS.

Submitted by: William Mitchell
Date: March 27th, 2011
Relation: Friend & Fellow Shipmate
Waddell, Tyrone Ronald

Years Aboard: 1970-1974

Rank/Rate: MM2

Last Residence: Houston, TX


Tyrone passed away in Houston,Texas on 13 March 2011 due to heart failure. He had had quite a few serious health issues in the last few years although he didn't complain about how life was treating him but dealt with them as that's the way things are. Through SKYPE a few of us see each other on a regular basis so, even though we knew he wasn't well, this still came as a shock and will always be a real sense of loss!

Tyrone and many of us became fast friends during pre-com school and continued as we served aboard Badger! He was the guy that had us laughing all the time,whether it was his impression of some character on the ships movie(Charlie is one I'll never forget),or the Goonie birds on Midway Island! Tyrone made the ships first two West Pacs and was extremely proud of his time on board,especially of his skill at the throttles. He still spoke of how he liked being at sea. He continued to be in his words,"AN UNAPOLOGETIC AMERICAN" and loved that flag!.

Submitted by: Kathryn (York) Zornig
Date: May 10th, 2009
Relation: Daughter
York, Brad

Years Aboard: 73-74

Rank/Rate: MM/3

Last Residence: Lake Jackson, TX


My dad entered service on 4/16/1973 and ended his service on 5/23/1974; his rank was MMFN grade E-3.

My dad didn't share much of his tours but he did love his ship and shipmates; he was looking for them all after he was diagnosed with cancer. He told us that everyone on board called him Alvin. My favorite picture of him in his year books is the one where he was standing at the bow with two toilet paper rolls over his eyes, during a passage of the equator. My dad was a very funny man till the end. His humor passed down to his kids and grandchildren.

He was a wonderful father and an even better grandfather to my four children, they called him PaPaw. He died January 12th, 2008. He leaves a wife of 29 years, a son who is an aspiring magician, a daughter who jumps out of airplanes and other flying things every chance she gets, and 4 grandchildren. If anyone, who knew him, wouldn't mind sharing stories of their times with him, can you please email me

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