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USS Charles J. Badger is a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on September 24, 1942 and launched on April 3, the following year. It was commissioned on July 23, 1943 under Comdr. W. G. Cooper’s command with the hull number DD-657 and it served in the US Navy for 14 years before it was decommissioned on December 20, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 319 people on board and had the main missions in Leyte, San Francisco, Newport, Long Beach, Portsmouth, Hong Kong, Boston, Colombo, Taiwan, Naples, Lisbon or Suez Canal. It was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1974 and sold to Chile on May 10, 1974 for scrapping. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Charles J. Badger received 5 battle stars.