Badt, Harry, RDML

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Rear Admiral Lower Half
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Line Officer
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1944-1946, Sampson
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1908 - 1947
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Tyler, Texas
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Commodore, United States Navy
DATE OF BIRTH: 09/22/1884
DATE OF DEATH: 09/08/1967

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Sep 07, 1967
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Commodore Harry A. Badt
World War I and World War II

Commodore Harry Asher Badt was a commodore in the United States Navy and was in World War I and World War II.

Badt was born on September 22, 1884 in Tyler, Texas. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1908 and was commissioned as an ensign. Aboard the Annapolis during the Nicaraguan Campaign, 1912, and at Vera Cruz in 1914. He took postgraduate engineering courses at the Naval Academy. He received a Master of Science degree from Columbia University, 1916.

In World War I, Badt was at sea as an engineering officer on the cruiser Minneapolis, 1916-1920. Duty aboard the Minneapolis on convoy duty in the Atlantic and the Arizona in British waters during World War I.

He was transferred to the battleship Minnesota. He received new orders to be on the new battleship Arizona as a navigator. After serving in European waters, he became the commanding officer of the destroyer Simpson. When he returned to the United States, he received orders to be the first engineer of the new light cruiser, Marblehead.

Instructor at Annapolis 1926-1928. Commanding Officer of the Nokomis 1928-1930. Instructor again at Annapolis 1930-1933. Commanding officer Aleutian Islands survey expedition in 1933. Badt became the director of all Navy recruiting from 1935-1937. Graduated from the Naval War College in 1938. He went to sea as the commanding officer of the heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa, 1938-1940.

Duty with the Bureau of Naval Personnel as director of enlisted personnel 1940-1942, then Director of Special Projects 1942-1946. He was responsible with the organization of three new Naval Training Stations, which were under construction in Sampson, New York, Bainbridge, Maryland and Farragut, Idaho.

The United States Senate accepted the recommendation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to promote Captain Harry Asher to the rank of Commodore in September 1944. Retired in April 1947.

Commodore Harry A. Bradt died on September 7, 1967 and is buried with his wife in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Decorations included the Legion of Merit. He was a Freemason.

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U. S. Naval Training Center, Sampson, N.Y.
15 September 1944

Capt. Badt Advanced To Commodore


Commodore Harry A. Badt, USN 

U.S. Senate Acts on President's Recommendation Commander of Center Since Its Establishment Given Flag Rank On Approval Of Upper House. 

The United States Senate has confirmed the promotion of Captain Harry A. Badt, USN, Center Commander, to the rank of Commodore. The Senate acted after Captain Badt had been nominated to flag rank by President Roosevelt. 

The honor comes to Commodore Badt as a fitting reward for a long and distinguished career in his country's service. 

Commodore Badt graduated from the Naval Academy in 1908, and completed 40 years of active service on 10 May 1940. After almost seven years at sea, he took the post-graduate engineering course at the Naval Academy, and, in 1916, received his Master of Science degree from Columbia University. 

World War I Duty 

Thereafter, Commodore Badt alternated between sea duty and shore duty and served almost 20 years at sea. During World War I, he was at sea from August, 1916, to May, 1920, during which time he was engineer officer of the cruiser MINNEAPOLIS, which was on escort duty in the Atlantic; and later navigator of the battleship MINNESOTA, from which he went to the new battleship, ARIZONA, as navigator. 

The Center Commander served 16 months in European waters, 1923-24, principally in the Mediterranean, as Commanding Officer of the destroyer, SIMPSON. Upon returning to the United States in 1924, he was ordered to duty as the first Engineer Officer of the new light cruiser, MARBLEHEAD, which made Naval history in World War II. 

Conducted Aleutian Survey 

In 1933, he was sent to the Aleutian Islands as Commander of the first Aleutian Islands Survey Expedition for pioneer work in charting the Adak Area. 

From 1935 to 1937, he was director of all Navy Recruiting in the United States with headquarters in Washington, and then, spent one year at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. In 1938, he went to sea as Commanding Officer of the heavy cruiser, TUSCALOOSA, and served on that vessel until April, 1940. 

Directed New Projects 

In 1940, Commander Badt became Director of Enlisted Personnel of the Navy, and in April, 1942, became Director of Special Projects. In this capacity, Commodore Badt was charged with the organization of the three new Naval Training Stations (later designated as Naval Training Centers) under construction at Sampson, N. Y. Bainbridge, Md., and Farragut, Idaho. The Naval Training Station at Sampson was established on 17 October 1942 with Commodore Badt as its Commandant. On 19 April 1944, the station was redesignated as a Naval Training Center and Commodore Badt's title was changed to Center Commander. 

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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Arizona (BB-39)Secretary of the Treasury/US Coast & Geodegic Survey
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  1913-1914, USS Annapolis (PG-10)
  1915-1916, Educational Leave
  1916-1918, USS Minneapolis (C-13)
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  1918-1920, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1920-1923, USS Simpson (DD-221)
  1923-1925, USS Marblehead (CL-12)
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  1935-1937, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1938-1940, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
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  1942-1946, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/Special Projects Office
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