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US WWII SUBMARINE KIA Purple Heart Document & Medal Group - USS BARBEL
Poignant grouping to Plank holder crewmember of the submarine USS BARBEL, NJ Van Ringelesteyn. He  enlisted into the navy reserves in april 1943 in Detroit. After basic & submarine school, he was promoted to quarter master 3rd class & assigned to the newly build submarine U.S.S. Barbel based at New London ct. Barbel arrived at Pearl Harbor on 21 June 1944 and commenced preparation for her first war patrol. From 15 July 1944-4 February 1945, she carried out four war patrols and is officially credited with sinking six Japanese ships totaling 15,263 tons. Barbel departed Fremantle, Australia, on 5 January 1945 for the South China Sea on her fourth patrol. Late in January she was ordered to form a "wolfpack" with Perch and Gabilan and patrol the western approaches to Balabac Strait and the southern entrance to Palawan Passage. On 3 February, Barbel sent a message reporting that she had been attacked three times by enemy aircraft dropping depth charges and would transmit further information on the following night. Barbel was never heard from again. Japanese aviators reported an attack on a submarine off southwest Palawan on 4 February. Two bombs were dropped and one landed on the submarine near the bridge. The sub plunged, under a cloud of fire and spray. This was very likely the last engagement of Barbel. She was officially reported lost on 16 February 1945.
--- The grouping consists of his original Purple Heart Medal certificate with original Admiral Forrestal signature,  & Accolade in original mailing tube to his wife, official letter announcing his award of the PURPLE HEART MEDAL USS Barbel's commissioning ship's party program, his original WWII, Pacific Theater and American Campaign Medals, original printed listing of crew of Barbel, his ORIGINAL CITATION and ORIGINAL SUBMARINE COMBAT BADGE, still on cardboard mount, document signed by Vice Admiral CA LOCKWOOD, other letters from officials concerning his death including two from and signed by GLYNN DONAHO - 4x Navy Cross Winner, two original large studio portraits of the man, and more.