Unbound. An archive of 48 loose photographs compiled by a United States Navy seaman of the USS George E. Badger between 1943 and 1945, most with “U.S.S. George E. Badger” stamped on the verso. The photos show men on the ship working, during an inspection, and using the machine guns on deck. Images from below deck show a man reading, another working at his desk, and men eating and drinking during their time off. On December 12, 1943 they fought a German U-172 submarine which lasted 27 hours resulted in a German loss. Included here are 26 photographs from the aftermath of the attack with German survivors boarding the boat with a caption which reads, “survivors climbing the side.” Another photo of men bobbing in the ocean reads, “more survivors – one too far gone.” A framed photograph includes a typed caption that reads, “German U-Boat surfaces after 27 hour chase. Sunk by gunfire of Badger...” One group of 18 photos are mounted on thick card stock with “official photograph” stamped on the verso. These images show the Badger from aerial photographs depicting an oil slick the vessel was traveling near. The Badger took samples of the slick for research purposes and the entire process was caught in aerial photographs. The Badger was a Clemson-class destroyer and after being recommissioned in 1940 she spent the next 5 years participating in various aspects of the war including being involved in escort services and convoys.
A modest but interesting collection of photographs depicting a very active destroyer during World War II.