Tuesday, January 8, 2019

He Saved JFK's Life With the Help of a Coconut-- Part 1: William Liebenow


From the August 31, 2018, Chicago Tribune by Jessica Contrera The Washington Post.

"It was a coconut that sent William Liebenow on a mission to rescue the man who would become president.

"A tenacious Navy commander in World War II, Liebenow's acts of heroism stretched from the waters of the South Pacific to the beaches of Normandy -- evading the enemy, launching torpedoes, rescuing more than 60 men from a sinking boat on D-Day.  But none of these were the tale of the war that would come to define him.

"Everyone wanted to hear about the time he saved the life of John F. Kennedy."

He died February 24, 2017, at the age of 97 at his home in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery  in August 2018.  He is now buried less than a mile from the body of JFK.

--GreGen



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