US Navy


Honor Mission

Carmelo L. "Carl" Tringali

US Navy - WWII Veteran

Farmingdale, NY - 11/21/2022


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 8, Region 9

About the Mission:

Born September 29, 1924.  US Navy, Seaman First Class was assigned to the USS Barber DE-161, a Buckley-Class Destroyer Escort.  In April 1944, during the “Battle of the Atlantic”, the USS Barber was assigned to an Anti-Submarine Warfare “Killer Group” and sank the German U-Boat, U-488 in the Mid-Atlantic.  In early 1945, the USS Barber was converted into a APD-57, a high- speed attack transport. Carl and his crewmates sailed to Hawaii and received specialized training with Underwater Demolitions Teams, the forerunner of today’s US Navy SEALs.  Their Mission was to disable floating mines and destroy obstacles on the landing beaches. Their secret missions brought her to the beaches of Okinawa 5 days before the largest amphibious landing in the Pacific Theater. During the 82-day battle, twelve destroyers, fifteen amphibious ships and nine other American ships were sunk.

While performing Radar Picket duty, his ship received orders to assist another Destroyer, which had been hit by two kamikaze planes. Carl and his crew survived dozens of Kamikaze and submarine attacks and assisted in the rescue of 188 sailors and aviators from the waters off Okinawa.  Seaman First Class Carl Tringali and the brave crew of the USS Barber earned 3 Battle Stars for their service in the Mediterranean Sea, and in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. His decorations include the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, the American Theater Medal with one Bronze Star, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, the European African Middle Eastern Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.

Our Honoree recently travelled to the Netherlands as part of the Mission Margraten Plus program. That trip was scheduled for May 2020, to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the Dutch Liberation but was postponed because of the pandemic. They finally got to take the trip in May of 2022.
An article about that trip is available for viewing onlin eby clicking here

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

11/21/2022 at 11:30am

Staging Location:

St. Charles / Resurrection Cemetery
2015 Wellwood Avenue
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Terry and Jim Martinelli - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 8 March 2022

Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.

Special Information:

Please stage in Administration parking lot and await arrival of funeral cortege from Miraglia Funeral Chapels, Bay Ridge.
See RCs Terry and Jim Martinelli for further instructions.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Wayne Cohen - SRC Region 8 NY

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