Division "C" ~ Communications
This picture is of the USS Pringle DD-477 Division "C" survivors.
The Photo was taken on the USS Starlight AP-175, a transport ship that brought some of the Pringle survivors (except the wounded) back to San Francisco after the Pringle sank.
Survivors identified in this picture:
Jack Schugardt - Top row, 2nd from the right
John (Jack) Carter Haldeman - Top row, far right
Howard Melvin Muggs) Hunt - Top row, 3rd in from the left
Robert Cunningham - 2nd row from the top, 3rd in from the left
Jack Roland Gebhardt - 3rd row from the bottom, 3rd in from the left (arms folded)
Robert Eric DeBartolo - 4th row from the bottom and 4th in from the left
Nicholas Philip Capece - Bottom row, 4th in from the left (dark hair)
Frank Atria - Top Row, 2nd from the left
James Wash - Top Row, 4th from the left
George Wilburn Carnley - 4th row from the bottom and 5th in from the left
Richard William Minich - 4th row from the bottom and 6th in from the left
John Franklin Berry - 4th row from the bottom and 9th in from the left
Jack Elmer Cruze - 3rd row from the bottom and 8th in from the left (right end)
Robert Daltan Hinkson. - 3rd row from the bottom, 6th in from the left
Charles Essay Jr. - Bottom row, first in from the left
Eugene Ralph Smith - 2nd row down, on the far right end
Samuel John Cardella - Top row, 4th from the right "Sammy"
William Clarence Mundt - 2nd row from the top, 2nd from the right.
Andrew John Balog - 4th row, 1st from the right.
Claude Diehl - 3rd row, 1st from the left, no shirt with the sailor derby
David Wesley Hinshaw - 3rd row from bottom, 2nd in from right.
Jack Schugardt, said this picture was also published in a Hazelton, PA newspaper with the following caption:
"Some of the survivors of the sinking of the USS Pringle ... grateful to be alive after the brutal battle of Okinawa during World War II."