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 William B. Poole

William B. Poole

Birth
Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Death 15 Aug 1904 (aged 70–71)
Long Island, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
Burial Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Bignonia Path, Lot 32
Memorial ID 8155750 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Union Navy as a Quartermaster on board the sloop-of-war “USS Kearsarge”. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in action when the “Kearsarge” fought and destroyed the Confederate Navy commerce raider “CSS Alabama” off Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864. His citation reads "Stationed at the helm, Poole steered the ship during the engagement in a cool and most creditable manner and was highly commended by his divisional officer for his gallantry under fire.” His Medal was awarded to him on December 31, 1864. He was one of seventeen “Kearsarge” crewmen to be awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery during the battle, including Paymaster’s Steward Michael Ahern, Captain of the Top John F. Bickford, Boatswain's Mate William S. Bond, Captain of the Forecastle James Haley, Carpenter’s Mate Mark G. Ham, Seaman George H. Harrison, Coxswain John Hayes, Seaman James H. Lee, Seaman Charles Moore, Seaman Joachim Pease, Boatswain’s Mate Thomas Perry, Coxswain Charles A. Read, Seaman George E. Read, Chief Quartermaster James Saunders, Quartermaster William Smith and Captain of the Top Robert Strahan.

Bio by: Don Morfe


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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 5 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8155750
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William B. Poole (1833–15 Aug 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8155750, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .