Lieutenant Junior Grade Laboon was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions on USS Peto's (Gato class Sub) tenth war patrol. Following pick-up of a downed American pilot near Honshū, the crew searched for his wingman. The second aviator was soon spotted, but the water was shallow and mined, preventing Peto from maneuvering closer. To make matters worse, they were under intense enemy fire from a Japanese shore battery. The submarine's commanding officer called for a volunteer, and without hesitation, LT(jg) Laboon dove off the submarine. Swimming through the mined waters, he rescued the pilot.
He later became a Priest post war and served with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam.
USS Laboon is an Arleigh Burke class DDG manned by around 300 US Navy personnel. She has been a familiar sight in the Mediterranean, attached to the Sixth Fleet and Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, for much of the time since launching TLAMs against Iraq in 1996 shortly after she first commissioned.
John F Laboon was a WW2 Naval hero who went onto become a Naval Chaplain who served on the battlefields of Vietnam as a combat Chaplain with the USMC. Much as I dislike priests as a concept he was clearly a far more useful human being than you are. Piss off back whatever kindergaerten you normally lurk in, grown ups are having a conversation about current affairs.
The father of a childhood friend was a USN officer during WW II and spent the war on convoys from Nova Scotia to the UK or Russia. He said he always got a kick out of the names of the RN ships in the convoys: Petunia, Primrose, Jonquil, Pansy, Dafodil, Dahlia etc.
He never made fun of the RN sailors aboard and said the convoy duty was pretty grueling
We did have a royal navy ship called Happy entrance once. Then there was HMS Spanker and HMS Biter and of course HMS Cockchafer But Laboon. To all our septic friends I should explain that would be like us having HMS fat bloke.