U.S.S. Pringle DD-477

The U.S.S. Pringle, a Fletcher Class Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  
 
This website is dedicated to all USS Pringle past crewmembers, survivors and their families.  It's a collection of pictures, information and links I've gathered in my search to learn more about my Dad's experiences on the USS Pringle.  
   
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This site was last updated on Feb 24, 2010

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Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.  

Home Page of the U.S.S. Pringle, DD477 a Fletcher Class WWII Navy Destroyer was named for the late Vice Admiral Joel Robert Poinsett Pringle and was launched by Mrs. Pringle on May 2, 1942.  The ship was commissioned September 15, 1942 with Lt. Comdr. Harold O. Larson in command.  Over the next two and a half  years, the USS Pringle earned 10 Battle Stars for World War II service. But on April 16th 1945, while patrolling Radar Picket Station #14,  the USS Pringle was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane (Kamikaze) near Okinawa at 27 deg 26 min N, 126 deg 59 min E.  Six minutes later, 258 survivors watched the USS Pringle slide beneath the surface. Sixty nine men were killed and seventy were wounded.