A Sailor's Story: Chief Petty Officer Don Coram Lingle

Chief Petty Officer Don Coram Lingle was born on October 21, 1899, in Union, Illinois.

He worked as a food broker and grocery purchaser before enlisting in the US Navy on October 22, 1942, in response to World War II. He would be assigned to Naval recruitment.

In December 1942, Chief Petty Officer Don Lingle hatched an idea using a pig named King Neptune to raise money for the USS Illinois.

While the USS Illinois was never completed, the pair would ultimately raise 19 Million in war bonds.

Chief Petty Officer Don Lingle left the Navy in 1947 and retired in 1968 to Clearwater, Florida. He died on February 27, 1987, and was cremated.


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