Fletcher class destroyer,
376' x 39' 8" x 17' 9"
5 x 5"/38 guns
10 x 40mm AA
7 x 20mm AA
10 x torpedo tubes
6 x depth charge
2 x depth charge tracks
1 x aircraft
Built by Charleston Navy Yard. Laid down on July 31, 1941. Pringle was one of the three Fletcher-class destroyers to be built (out of 6 planned) with a catapult for a float plane, but was later converted to the standard Fletcher class configuration. Launched on May 2, 1942. Comissioned September 15 , 1942 with with Lieutenant Commander Harold O. Larson in command.
Operating with Destroyer Division 90, she screened transport areas, covered minesweepers, and provided support fire and provided radar picket duty. On 15 April, she splashed two kamikazes.
On 16 April 1945 before a third crashed into her bridge, and plowed through the superstructure deck, abaft the base of number one stack. A single 1,000 pound bomb, or two 500-pounders, penetrated the main and superstructure decks and exploded with a violent eruption, buckling the keel and splitting the vessel in two at the forward fire room and sank within six minutes. Sixty-two of the crew were lost with the ship. Pringle earned 10 battle stars for World War II service.
Of the surviving crew, 258 were rescued.
NavSource - USS Pringle (DD-477)
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February 4, 2018