William Badders-San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 37° 47.970 W 122° 27.894
10S E 547108 N 4183704
Quick Description: Peacetime Medal of Honor Recipient for action at sea following the sinking of the USS Squalus on May 13, 1939. He is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery in Section A, Site 788-A.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 10/11/2017 9:33:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMWTEM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
He was born on September 15, 1900 in Harrisburg IL and died in Livermore, CA on November 23, 1986. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: BADDERS, WILLIAM
• Rank and organization: Chief Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy
• Place and date: At sea following sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus, 13 May 1939
• Entered service at: Indianapolis, Ind.
• Other Navy awards: Navy Cross, Navy-Marine Corps Medal
Citation: For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the rescue and salvage operations following the sinking of the U.S.S. Squalus on 13 May 1939. During the rescue operations, Badders, as senior member of the rescue chamber crew, made the last extremely hazardous trip of the rescue chamber to attempt to rescue any possible survivors in the flooded after portion of the Squalus. He was fully aware of the great danger involved in that if he and his assistant became incapacitated, there was no way in which either could be rescued. During the salvage operations, Badders made important and difficult dives under the most hazardous conditions. His outstanding performance of duty contributed much to the success of the operations and characterizes conduct far above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.
Armed Service: Navy

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