27 Feb '17, 7pm

Naval officer who helped save John F. Kennedy during WWII dies at age 97

William “Bud” Liebenow, the Navy officer who rescued future President John F. Kennedy and his crew during World War II, died Friday, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. He was 97. A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Liebenow was a young college graduate when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. He joined the Navy, where he served on small, heavily armed attack boats known as PT boats. Liebenow and Kennedy were serving in the South Pacific in 1943 as captains of PT boats. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109, was attacked by a Japanese destroyer. Kennedy was among the 11 surviving crew members who were able to swim to a small island. Kennedy etched a note into a coconut that natives of the Solomon Islands then delivered to an American base. Liebenow tracked down the survivors of PT-109 by guiding his boat behind enemy lines. "Pulled right up to the beach," Liebenow told WRAL-T...

Full article: https://www.navytimes.com/articles/kennedy-navy-wwii-lieb...

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