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Naval officer , retired

Joseph Rollie Defrees, American naval officer, retired. Decorated Navy Cross. Spanish Campaign Badge, Victory Medal.


Defrees, Joseph Rollie was born on June 12, 1876 in Smithboro, Illinois, United States. Son of Newton Talmage and Anna Maria (Johnson) Defrees.


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1900.


J. J. Tomanichal, United States Navy), Joseph Rollie (killed in action. World World War II). Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1902. advanced through grades to rear admiral, 1933. During World War Commander of the United States transport.

Then commander Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, later Asiatic Fleet. Commander Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island, for some time. Later chief of staff Scouting Force.

Then commandant Navy Yard, Washington, and commander, Submarine Force, United States Fleet. Director Shore Establishments div. United Nations; later commandant 11th Naval Inspector of naval material, Los Angeles, 1941-1945.

Now retired.


Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington).


Married Bernice Fairbanks, May 29, 1913. Children: Helen Fairbanks (wife of Lieutenant.

Newton Talmage Defrees

Anna Maria (Johnson) Defrees

Bernice Fairbanks

Helen Fairbanks (wife of Lt Defrees