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Naval officer , (retired).

Joel William Bunkley, American naval officer, (retired). Decorated Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, Victory Medal with three bronze stars, American Defense Medal with bronze star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with bronze star, Expert Rifleman Medal, Distinguished Marksman Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, W.W. II Victory Medal (United States); Legion Honor (France); Order of the Avis (Portugal).


Bunkley, Joel William was born on July 3, 1887 in Macon, Georgia, United States. Son of Thomas Pitt and Anne Martha (Brown) Bunkley.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1909. Navy Post Graduate School, 1912-1914. Graduated from Nava War College, 1933.


May 19, 1945); children—Joel William, Allison Williams. Married second Jeanne Barbaresi Frese, June 6, 1951. Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1909, and advanced through grades.

Retired as rear admiral, 1942. Served on United States Ship Connecticut, 1909-1912, United States Ship Wyoming, 1914-1915, on President’s yachts Mayflower and Sylph, 1915-1917. Executive officer Naval Railway Battery at the front in France, World War I, 1917-1918.

On staff of commander, Destroyer Forces, 1919-1920, staff of commander in chief Asiatic Fleet, 1923-1924. Executive officer United States Ship Marblehead, 1933-1934. Naval mission to the Argentine, 1934-1937.

Commanded Destroyer Squadron 10, 1938-1939. Commanded United States Ship California, 1940-1942 (at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941). Supervisor of New York Harbor.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Military and Naval Recognition Book, 1917, 18, 41, 42, 43. Articles Encyclopedia Americana.


Member Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. Member board of trustees World Wide Broadcasting Foundation. Clubs: New York Yacht.


Married Sally Shelby Williams, October 6, 1915 (deceased.; married second Jeanne Barbaresi Frese, June 6, 1951. Children: Joel William, Allison Williams.

Thomas Pitt Bunkley

Anne Martha (Brown) Bunkley

Sally Shelby Williams

2d Jeanne Barbaresi Frese

Joel William Bunkley

Allison Williams Bunkley