USS Ringness I  

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I (APD-100: dp. 2,130 (f.); 1. 306'0"; b. 37'0"; dr. 12'7"; s. 23 k.; cp. 204, trp. 162; a. 1 5", 6 40mm., 6 20mm.,2 dct.; cl. Crosley)

Ringness (APD 100) was laid down as DE-590 on 23 December 1943 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. Hingham, Mass.; launched 5 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Henry R. Ringness; reclassified APD-100 on 17 July 1944; and commissioned 25 October 1944, Lt. Comdr. William C. Meyer in command.

FoUowing shakedown off Bermuda and amphibious exercises in Chesapeake Bay, Ringne$s steamed in convoy for the Pacific 21 December 1944. She transited the Panama Canal stopped at San Diego, and reached Pearl Harbor 15 January 1945. After training in the Hawaiian area? she departed Pearl Harbor 1 March for Funa Futi, Elliee Islands; Port Purvis, Florida Island ? and Ulithi, Caroline Islands, where she arrived 22 March.

After further training Ringness proceeded on 24 March to Saipan, getting underway for Okinawa on the 27th, escorting TG 51.2 composed of escorts, transports, and cargo vessels.

The landings took place on Easter morning, 1 April, and during the 2 days following? Ringness engaged in antisuicide boat patrol along the southeast coast of Okinawa? where intelligence reports had located Japanese nests. On the night of 2 April, Ringness attacked an enemy midget submarine with undetermined results. On 3 April she steamed to Ulithi for supplies, returning to Okinawa with TG 53.8. Upon arrival she was assigned to antisubmarine and antiaircraft patrol, undergoing numerous air attacks. This patrol lasted only 4 days before she steamed as a convoy escort to Saipan. On 23 April she again steamed for Okinawa escorting a convoy of LST's and LSM?s. Four days later a Japanese submarine fired two torpedoes at her. Ringness replied with gunfire and a depth charge attack, with undertermined results.

On 30 April Ringness arrived at Okinawa for the third time since the invasion began? remaining there for the entire month of May. During this time she maintained her various antisubmarine and antiaircraft screen stations. On 4 May Ringncss witnessed the death dive of a Kamikaze on to the flight deek of Sanga?nc?n (CVE 26)? turning her into a roaring inferno. Ringness stood by the crippled vessel and rescued some of the men forced over the side by flames and explosions.

On 11 May Ringness proceeded to Radar Picket Station 15 for rescue and salvage work on Hadley (DD-774) and Euans (DD-552) which had born the brunt of one of the heaviest air attacks of this period. On the night of 16 May, just off Okinawa? Ringness dodged an oncoming kamikaze, getting credit for a splash. At the end of May? Ringness escorted a convoy to Ulithi, arriving 6 June. She then proceeded on to Leyte, Philippine Islands.

After further convoy escort duty between Leyte, Okinawa, and Ulithi, on 3 August Ringness was diverted from her escort duty and rescued the 39 survivors of the USS Indianapolis.

Ringness was in Leyte Gulf at war's end. She proceeded to Okinawa, then participated in the occupation landings at Jinsen, Korea. On 26 September, Ringness was detached and departed Jinsen for Okinawa.

Three days later, Ringness commenced her second occupation operation as sole escort for TU 78.1.94 bound for Tientsin? China. On 9 October she shifted to Tsingtao serving as 7th Amphibious Force Beachmaster Flagship. She remained at Tsingtao until departing for the United States 29 January 1946. She arrived San Pedro 23 February, transited the Panama Canal, and put into Norfolk 14 March.

Ringness reported for layup at Green Cove Springs 4 April 194fi. She was subsequently towed from Green Cove Springs to

Mayport and Charleston at various times in 1947 and 1948. Ringness was placed out of commission in reserve in January 1951, berthed at Green Cove Springs. In 1959 she was towed to Norfolk, where she remained until berthed at Orange, Tex. in 1956. She decommissioned and was struck from the Navy iist in 1968.

Ringness earned one battle star for World War II service.