Kintberger, Leon Samuel, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1959, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
Service Years
1932 - 1959
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Zanesville, OH
Last Address
Anne Arundel, MD

Date of Passing
Jan 01, 1983
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Zellars (DD-777)Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1934-1934, USS New York (BB-34)
  1934-1935, USS Minneapolis (CA-36)
  1935-1937, USS Evans (DD-78)
  1938-1939, USS Argonne (AP-4)
  1939-1941, USS Bernadou (DD-153)
  1942-1942, 111X, USS Charles Lawrence (DE-53)
  1943-1944, USS Coolbaugh (DE-217)
  1944-1944, USS Conklin (DE-439)
  1944-1944, USS Hoel (DD-533)
  1945-1945, USS Zellars (DD-777)
  1958-1959, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
 Colleges Attended 
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDUnited States Naval Academy
  1928-1929, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  1929-1932, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 02, 1932, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 02, 1935, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 01, 1939, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 15, 1942, Commissioned as Lieutenant Commander
  Nov 18, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Nov 15, 1944, Action Report USS Hoel (DD-533)
  Apr 01, 1951, Promoted to Captain
  Jan 01, 1959, Retired
  Dec 16, 2019, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity

After his Navy service, Leon Kintberger worked as an administrator at the Electromagnetic Compatability Analysis Center from which he retired in 1975. He was a board member of the Kneseth Israel Congregation for 30 years. He was also a Mason and a board member of the Jewish National Welfare Board.
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Hoel (DD-533)
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 0678 (
February 11, 1945)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Leon Samuel Kintberger (NSN: 0-71416), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. HOEL (DD-533), in a surface engagement with a large task force of the Japanese Fleet in the Battle of Samar Island in Philippine waters on 25 October 1944. Against an enemy force vastly superior in number, firepower, and armor, he twice closed to four thousand yards to launch torpedo attacks on heavy ships of the enemy, who had his ship under constant gunfire, scoring one confirmed hit on a battleship. With an outstanding display of seamanship he again maneuvered within a short range to bring his surface guns to bear more effectively upon two heavy cruisers and the many crippling hits he scored, helped materially to put these ships out of action. By his actions he diverted enemy fire to himself from the lightly armed carriers whom he was protecting. By his skill in combat and his dauntless determination he gave inspiration to his officers and men during a most critical situation. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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