Joel R. P. Pringle


Vice Admiral Joel Roberts Poinsett Pringle (February 4, 1873 – September 25, 1932) was a distinguished officer of the United States Navy, serving from 1894 to 1932.

Joel Roberts Poinsett Pringle
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Born(1873-02-04)February 4, 1873
Georgetown, South Carolina, U.S.
DiedSeptember 25, 1932(1932-09-25) (aged 59)
San Diego County, California, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1894–1932
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldPerkins
Flotilla 2, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet
Battleship Division 3, Battle Force
President of the Naval War College
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
RelationsJoel Roberts Poinsett


Pringle, born in Georgetown, South Carolina, was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1888, and commissioned ensign in 1894.

For his service during World War I, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as commanding officer, Melville and Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotillas, European Waters.

Pringle graduated from the Naval War College in 1920 and served as a staff member from 1923–1925. Subsequently, he served as the college's president from 1927–1930.

Attaining the rank of Vice Admiral in 1932, his commands included the destroyer Perkins; Dixie; Flotilla 2, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet; Melville; the battleship Idaho; President of the Naval War College; Battleship Division 3, Battle Force; and Battleships, Battle Force.

Personal lifeEdit

On January 25, 1899 he married Cordelia Phythian, daughter of Commodore Robert L. Phythian, USN.[1]

He died at San Diego, California, 25 September 1932.



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "CONTENTdm".
  • Joel R.P. Pringle bio
  • Pringle Hall, Naval War College.

External linksEdit

  • USS Pringle DD-477
Military offices
Preceded by President of the Naval War College
Succeeded by