USS Hoel DD - 533
Commissioned 29 July 1943- Sunk 25 October 1944
“Her life was short but not the courage of her Sailors”
Hoel was sunk during The Battle off Samar, which was the centermost action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the largest naval battles in history.
Only 86 of Hoel's complement survived; 253 officers and men died with their ship with at least 40 of them dying in the water while awaiting rescue.
“Fully cognizant of the inevitable result of engaging such vastly superior forces, these men performed their assigned duties coolly and efficiently until their ship was shot from under them." ~ Hoel's captain, Commander Leon S. Kintberger
United States Presidential Unit Citation
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Five WWII Battle Stars.
Presented in honor and memory of the brave Sailors of HOEL DD-533 by Shipmates of USS Hoel DDG-13