From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Defrees, Jr. '42

Date of birth: September 12, 1920

Date of death: November 19, 1943

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Joseph was killed by a shell from a Japanese destroyer that struck USS Sculpin (SS 191) shortly before she was sunk on November 19, 1943.

Joseph's mother was sponsor of the boat, which had been commissioned before the war. His father retired as a Rear Admiral.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Joseph R. Defrees, Jr. (NSN: 0-123693), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action while serving aboard the United States Submarine U.S.S. SCULPIN (SS-191) during war patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Sculpin (SS-191)

Class of 1942

Joseph is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 on Virtual Memorial Hall.