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William B. Poole
1833 – 1904 (aged 70–71)
Place of birth Maine
Resting place Pine Grove Cemetery
Lynn, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Union Navy
Rank Quartermaster
Unit USS Kearsarge
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

William B. Poole (1833–1904) was an American sailor who was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in action during the American Civil War.

Poole was born in Maine in 1833. On June 19, 1864 he was serving as a Quartermaster on the sloop of war USS Kearsarge when she sank the commerce raider CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France. He was awarded his Medal of Honor for gallantry under fire exhibited while steering the ship.

Poole died in 1904 and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts. Fellow Civil War Medal of Honor recipient John G. B. Adams is buried in the same cemetery.


Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1833 Maine. Accredited to: Maine. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.


Service as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. 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.[1]

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PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ ""WILLIAM B. POOLE" entry". Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (M-Z). Center of Military History (CMH), United States Army. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2007-12-27.  

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