Kintberger, Leon, RADM

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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1959, 111X, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
Service Years
1932 - 1959
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Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Passing
Jan 01, 1983
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I created this profile of Rear Admiral Kintberger as part of my research of the Battle Off Samar.  He was the Commanding Officer of USS Hoel (DD-533).

Please visit my Battle Off Samar famous Naval officer profiles:

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  • ADM Felix Stump
  • VADM Ralph Ofstie
  • RADM William Sample
  • RADM Robert Copeland
  • CDR Ernest Evans
  • See my website for more insight:

    Other commands:  After Hoel he subsequently had command of Destroyer Division 22, transport Hoble and destroyer leader Norfolk. 


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  • Rear Admiral Leon S. Kintberger was born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1910.

  • He attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and John Hopkins University before graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1932.

  • In 1936 he earned the distinction of being the first of his Academy class to command a destroyer, the USS Evans and began a long and honored career as a skipper in the surface/line navy.

  • Early in World War II he commanded destroyers in the Atlantic on convoy and anti-submarine operations.

  • In August 1944 he took command of the USS HOEL and led a destroyer division into action off Samar Island in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. With enemy battleships and heavy cruisers attempting to destroy the U.S. aircraft carriers and retake Leyte.  Commander Kintberger, sailed his ship into harms' way. Although the HOEL took over 40 hits from the 18", 16". 14" and 8" inch guns of the Japanese battleships and cruisers before it sank, this heroic and gallant act helped to force the Japanese to retreat. Commander Kintberger received the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal Of Honor, and the Purple Heart for his role, and his ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

  • After Samar he commanded USS ZELLARS performing picket duty at Okinawa. The ZELLARS shot down sevem kamikazes before being hit and damaged. For this action he was awarded the Silver Star.

  • He retired from the Navy in 1959 with the rank of Rear Admiral.

  • Rear Admiral Leon S. Kintberger died in 1983 - at the age of 73.

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    US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Zellars (DD-777)Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
      1929-1932, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
      1934-1934, 110X, USS New York (BB-34)
      1935-1936, 111X, USS Minneapolis (CA-36)
      1936-1938, 111X, USS Evans (DD-78)
      1938-1939, 111X, USS Gridley (DD-92)
      1939-1940, 111X, USS Argonne (AP-4)
      1940-1941, 111X, USS Bernadou (DD-153)
      1942-1942, 111X, USS Charles Lawrence (DE-53)
      1943-1943, 111X, USS Coolbaugh (DE-217)
      1944-1944, 111X, USS Hoel (DD-533)
      1945-1945, 111X, USS Zellars (DD-777)
      1958-1959, 111X, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
     Combat and Non-Combat Operations
      1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
      1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
      1928-1931, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
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