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William B. Poole
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Born: 1833
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Died: 1904 (aged 70–71)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Navy
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Rank: Quartermaster
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Unit: USS Kearsarge
Battles: American Civil War
Awards: Medal of Honor
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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 Kearsargewhen 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.

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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 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). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 

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