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YNC(SS)_Chief_Bringle.pngGerald Francis Bringle, 97, was born on May 8, 1916 in Cushing, Oklahoma and passed away on January 25, 2014 in Mesquite, Texas. Mr. Bringle is survived by his wife Bobbye Bringle. 

Gerald served in the United States Navy, active duty from January 1936 to 1945 and from 1948 to 1951. He volunteered for Submarine Service and qualified in submarines in 1937 in the USS S-34 (SS-139). During World War II, Gerald made 13 War Patrols in the Pacific on various submarines including:

He also served in USS Beaver (AS-5/ARG-19). 

Gerald retired from the Naval Reserve in July, 1957. After his retirement from the Navy, Gerald worked for the CIA and spent some time in Vietnam. 

USSVI Dallas Base Memories 

Chief Bringle was a member of the Dealey Chapter of the WWII Submarine Veterans and also a member of the Dallas Base USSVI. He shared many stories from his 13 War Patrols with Dallas Base members and we were honored to have him as a member. 

The Dallas Base established the Gerald Bringle Junior Enlisted Man award in his name. This award is presented to the USS Dallas (SSN-700) Junior Enlisted Man of the Year. Gerald attended several of these award presentations and Veteran’s Day Parades until his health forced him to miss them. 

Gerald was present at the August 2004 ceremony when the USS Razorback (SS 394) became part of the Arkansas Inland Mari-time Museum and berthed at North Little Rock Arkansas. He was very excited to be there and we enjoyed being with him. It made the experience very worthwhile. 

He also attended the USS Texas (SSN 775) commissioning ceremony. After the ceremony was over we made a tour of the boat with Jerry and he was amazed at the modern equipment, and very engaged with questions, conversation with, and advice to the sailor who was our tour guide.

View photos of Chief Bringle in our photo gallery.

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