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  USS Pringle DD-477
USN
Fletcher class destroyer,

2,050 Tons
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

Construction
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.

COMING SOON

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.

Sinking History
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.

Rescue
Of the surviving crew, 258 were rescued.

References
USS Pringle.org

NavSource - USS Pringle (DD-477)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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