BARGE HUNTING AT NIGHT WITH THE USS ANTHONY DD-515
The next diversion from the "Milk Run" was an assignment we received late in the afternoon of January 20th, 1944; we were detached along with the USS PRINGLE to proceed to Bougainville Strait between the southeastern tip of Bougainville Island. Both were enemy held, and our PT's had been making regular attacks on their barge traffic when, on the night of the 19th, they had encountered a Jap Motor Gunboat. This was a bit large for them, and we were the answer, and an effective one. Shortly after midnight we spotted a group of troop-carrying barges moving between the islands, and opened fire. The gunboat which had been covering them, and hadn't been spotted up to that moment, opened fire on the PRINGLE. We immediately shifted our fire to this craft and were in turn honored by their shifting their fire to us, and a stream of tracers passed over the bridge. We returned the compliment by directing our 5 inch, 20 and 40 MM fire on it. It was but a matter of a few minutes before it was reduced to a mass of burning wreckage.
The USS Anthony DD-515 (off site link)
GROUP ATTACK ON A JAP SUB WITH THE USS RENSHAW DD-499
Tue 28 Nov 2300 – 0300 Operating with USS SAUFLEY, USS WALLER and USS PRINGLE in Ormoc Bay bombarding shore targets with gunfire. An airborne patrol Black Cat PBY spotted a Japsubmarine on the surface two miles south of Camotes Islands. USS WALLER picked up I-46, one of Japan’s newest submarines, on radar and all ships opened fire. The sub attempted to fight with her deck gun and was soon hit. The USS WALLER fired star shells and healed in a tight circle firing the 40mm guns into the sub and finally finished her off with 5/38 gunfire. Intermittent air attacks all day.
Deck Log of the USS Renshaw (off site link - no longer working)
BARGE HUNTING WITH THE USS DYSON DD-572
On the night of 3-4 September 1943 in company with USS PRINGLE (DD-477) the USS DYSON DD-572 intercepted and sank two barges and damaged another between Choiseul and Kolombangara while patrolling to block Japanese movements by water.
Ships History USS Dyson (off site link)
LCS 34 HISTORY
On the morning of 16 April, the USS PRINGLE (DD-477) and USS HARRY F. BAUER (DM-26) were operating about ten miles from LCS 34 and the LSM(R) 191. Both groups were attacked by Japanese suicide planes. Of three enemy Vals attacking the LCS 34, one was splashed, one probably splashed and the third gave up his attack when all guns were brought to bear on him. Successful attacks on the part of the enemy resulted in the sinking of PRINGLE. The 34 assisted with the rescue of the survivors and succeeded in picking of seventy-seven men and ten officers.
History of LCS 34 (off site link - no longer working)
16 APR 1945 HOBSON PICKED UP SURVIVORS
USS Hobson was called upon 13 April to take up a radar picket station on which Mannert L. Abele had been sunk in a heavy attack the previous night. She continued picket and sweeping duty into 16 April, when another suicide attack approached at about 0900. Hobson splashed one of the attackers, but another crashed Pringle, causing a violent explosion. Only minutes later, another plane was splashed just off Hobson's starboard side, but her bomb exploded on the main deck starting a major fire. Still firing on kamikazes the ship restored power, fought fires, and picked up over 100 survivors from the sunken Pringle.
DD-464 History (off site link)
16 APR 1945 HOBSON PICKED UP SURVIVORS
After invasion of the island was underway, HOBSON was given screening, fire support and radar picket duties. On 16 April the ship was operating as a picket with the destroyer PRINGLE, and two landing ships in support. At 0840, the group was attacked by enemy aircraft estimated at ten to fifteen in number. The smaller ships were ordered to take cover while HOBSON and PRINGLE fired upon the planes. One enemy plane had been shot down by the two ships combined but one of the other attackers managed to get through the curtain of gunfire and crash on PRINGLE, striking her amidships, causing a terrific explosion. When the smoke cleared, it was seen that the ship had broken in two and was sinking rapidly. HOBSON was left without assistance to defend herself against the attacks coming from all sides by other low flying suicide planes. While the ship was firing on one to port, another appeared on the starboard quarter. Batteries were shifted to this target and the ship came hard right. The plane was shot down close aboard, but the bomb it was carrying dropped on the main deck and exploded in the forward engine room. The engine of the shot-down plane struck the deckhouse and the boiler uptakes. The fires whichbroke out on the main deck were extinguished immediately, however in this attack four men were killed and five wounded. The attacks continues with groups of planes circling the ship. Two more were shot down and the others were turned away by her gunfire. At 1015 the enemy planes had been driven off, so HOBSON returned to the scene of PRINGLE's sinking to assist the landing craft in rescuing survivors.After remaining overnight in the transport area, HOBSON returned to an advanced base for temporary repairs made by USS NESTOR, a battle damage repair ship. In the hour of action after PRINGLE had been sunk, personnel of HOBSON performed splendidly.
Official Wartime history of the USS Hobson (off site link / PDF File)
While the supply ships discharged their cargoes, we patrolled the coast of Mindoro under Army Air Force cover and things were routine again until late afternoon when all hell broke loose. The PRINGLE and GANSEVOORT were hit by kamikazes .... On the return trip the convoy sustained additional air attacks but we had air cover by four Navy Hellcats .... ComDesDiv 48 endured six days of around-the-clock intensive warfare with little sleep, meager subsistence and heroic physical exertion. ... Robert Aguilar, SKD2c
USS Bush, Memories (off site link)
27 Nov 1944
A PBM-3D Mariner from VPB-20 flown by Lieutenant (jg) John B. Muoio was providing air coverage for Destroyer Division 43 while it was engaged in bombarding positions at Ormoc Bay. Lieutenant (jg) Muoio and his crew made radar contact on a surface target, and when checking it out, spotted a submarine moving into Ormoc Bay. The sighting was reported to the destroyer flotilla and it was quickly sunk by gunfire from Waller (DD 446), Pringle (DD 477), Saufley (DD 465) and Renshaw (DD 499).
VP-20 Squadron History (off site link)
USS Pringle mentions on other websites