John Villani was the first crew member killed in action on the USS Pringle. He was killed at the battle of Vella Lavella on 8/21/43.

"He was a gunner and unfortunately took it in the gut with a 10MM from a Japanese plane, (not sure if it was considered a kamikaze at that time) as the story was told to me...Any time that someone in the family was traveling to the West Coast through the years (California mostly), my grandmother would give them some money and ask that they buy some flowers and throw them in the ocean for "Johnny."" says Bob MacDonald, Johns nephew. 

John Villani