Big thank you to https://subliblog.com/2019/10/20/october-20-1944-invasion-of-leyte/ which led me to re-blog her post – October 20, 1944 – Invasion of Leyte — Subli. This led to a conversation where I thought of my uncle who served in the Coast Guard during World War II. It was after doing research online, I came across Uncle Cy’s connection to the Bramble.
It really is a small world. I posted about this Coast Guard cutter, Historic Cutter Faces Auctioneer’s Hammer — John’s Navy and other Maritime or Military News – original link: https://rnzngunners.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/historic-cutter-faces-auctioneers-hammer/; shared fromhttps://www.maritime-executive.com/article/historic-cutter-faces-auctioneer-s-hammer Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Bramble_(WLB-392), a few days ago. At the time, I didn’t realize I had a connection to the cutter. When i was researching my uncle today, I came across a Google book – Google Book (1952), that talked about him and his connection to the Bramble.
Bit of background about Cyril “Cy” Kring – in the 1940 federal census, he was listed twice; once living with his parents and siblings, and once on board the Coast Guard cutter Triton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Triton_(WPC-116). He joined the Coast Guard at some point, I am guessing early 1940 or late 1939, probably late 1939 as my research indicates he retired from the Coast Guard in late 1959.
Here’s the Wikipedia article on the plane crash – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_526A. There is an unusual twist that had to do with the one of the PBYs involved in the rescue.
Cyril Dayton Kring, MM “* * * on 11 April 1952, while serving as engineering officer of the CGC Bramble , engaged in rescuing survivors of a Pan-American DC-4 plane which had ditched in the Atlantic Ocean, with 69 persons aboard, shortly after takeoff from San Juan, P. R. At the time the order was received for the Bramble to proceed and render assistance, she was in a “Dog” status for routine machinery overall. All machinery, except one auxiliary generator, was cold and in various stages of disassembly. All engineering ratings were immediately called to the engine room where, under the efficient supervision of machinist KRING, they prepared the plant for getting underway, “on the double.” Control of the vessel was turned over to the bridge in 12 minutes, and in
15 minutes, the vessel was underway and steaming at full speed. Machinist KRING’s expert action in expediting the departure of his vessel resuled in ten survivors being taken aboard * * *”
There is still a lot I don’t know about Uncle Cy, but I have come across newspaper articles about him in the past. I only met him once briefly when we were passing through DeFuniak Springs, Florida.