Leon S. Kintberger qualified at the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1932. On October 25th, 1944, then Commanding Officer U.S.S. Hoel (DD 533), had to abandon ship when it was sunk at the Battle of Samar after inflicting serious damage during an encounter with a superior Japanese fleet. Commander Kintberger and his remaining crewmembers spent 52 hours in the water before being rescued. On February 28th, 1945 he became commanding officer of the U.S.S. Zellars (DD 777). During the Battle for Okinawa, April 12th, 1945 the ship managed to destroy 7 Japanese Kamikaze planes before being badly damaged by another.
Rear Admiral Leon S. Kintberger passed away on September 4th, 1983 at age 73. He lies buried at the Annapolis Hebrwe Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland, United States.
Besides his World War Two related decorations he received the National Defence Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and was entitled to wear the Presidential Unit Citation and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.
1926 - 1927: Student Baltimore Polytechnic Institute;
1928 - 1929: John Hopkins University, Baltimore;
1929 - 1932: United States Naval Academy;
1934: Engisn, U.S.S. New York (BB 34);
1935 - 1936: Lieutenant (Junior Grade), U.S.S. Minneapolis (CA 36);
1936 - 1938: Commanding Officer U.S.S. Evans (DD 78);
1940 - 1941: Commanding Officer U.S.S. Bernadou (DD 153);
May 31st, 1943 - August 1943: Commanding Officer U.S.S. Charles Lawrence (DE 53);
October 15th, 1943 - ?: Commanding Officer U.S.S. Coolbaugh (DE 217);
August 1944 - October 25th, 1944: Commanding Officer U.S.S. Hoel (DD 533);
February 8th, 1945 - ? 1945: Commanding Officer U.S.S. Zellars (DD 777);
1946 - 1957: ?;
1958 - 1959: Joint Chiefs of Staff;
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