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Joel Roberts Poinsett Pringle
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Born (1873-02-04)February 4, 1873
Died September 25, 1932(1932-09-25) (aged 59)
Place of birth Georgetown, South Carolina
Place of death San Diego, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1894–1932
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Perkins
Flotilla 2, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet
Battleship Division 3, Battle Force
President of the Naval War College
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Relations Joel Roberts Poinsett

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.


Pringle, born in Georgetown, South Carolina, was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1888, and commissioned ensign in 1894. 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. 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. He died at San Diego, California, 25 September 1932.



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Preceded by
William V. Pratt
President of the Naval War College
Succeeded by
Harris Laning

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