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William Badders
Birth: Sep. 15, 1900
Death: Nov. 23, 1986

Interim Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Chief machinist's Mate Master Diver, US Navy. At Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on May 23, 1939, the submarine USS Squalus (SS-192), was beginning a test dive when the engine rooms began to flood trapping the ship and crew on the bottom 243 feet deep. For the rescue operations, Chief Badders was placed in charge as senior member of the rescue chamber crew. He made important and difficult dives under the most hazardous conditions retrieving survivors and then dove until it was determined that no more crewmen remained alive on board the ship. For conduct far above and beyond the ordinary call of duty, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in January 1940. He also served in World War I, World War II and is a recipient of the Navy Cross Medal. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Lavinia E. Badders (1905 - 2004)*
 
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Burial:
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: May 05, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7416087
William Badders
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
William Badders
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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- Lazer
 Added: Nov. 23, 2013
God bless you today and always. Rest in Peace.
- Thelma
 Added: Sep. 15, 2013
Thanks to Bill Badders and the many Navy mates who helped with the rescue of the submarine Squalus' crew and the salvaging of the boat. They were truly heroic in their efforts to save 33 survivors after the sub sunk during a test dive. The Squalus was r...(Read more)
- David Pike
 Added: Aug. 27, 2013
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