Joseph B. Noil
|Joseph Benjamin Noil|
U.S. Navy poster featuring Joseph Noil
Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||March 21, 1882 (aged 40–41)
|Place of burial||Saint Elizabeth's Hospital|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Joseph B. Noil enlisted in the Navy from New York; when he re-enlisted for a three-year hitch on December 29, 1874, he was described as thirty-four years old, born in Nova Scotia and a "Negro". His civilian occupation was as a caulker, and he was five feet, six inches tall.
On May 25, 1881, Noil, promoted to the rating of Captain of the Hold and serving on the USS Wyoming (1859), was admitted to the Naval Hospital in Norfolk, suffering from "paralysis" (PTSD). About a week later, he was transferred to Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he died on March 21, 1882, and was buried in the hospital graveyard under the name of "Joseph B. Noel". His grave was re-discovered in 2011 by the Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States, a group that has a mission to identify and photograph the "lost" resting places of Medal of Honor recipients. A new headstone, noting that Noil is a Medal of Honor recipient, was dedicated in April 2016, in a ceremony attended by representatives from the Canadian Embassy in Washington and by Noil's great-great-great granddaughter.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1841, Nova Scotia. Accredited to: New York.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Powhatan at Norfolk, 26 December 1872, Noil saved Boatswain J. C. Walton from drowning.
Noil married Sarah Jane Gambier (1846 – March 6, 1896) of New York City; they had two daughters, Florence Gambier Noil (October 1871 – October 5, 1933) and Sarah E. Noil (b. 1876, date of death unknown).
His granddaughter, Cora Hunter Parks, was an actress, dancer, and vaudeville artist who appeared in a number of Broadway shows. As a member of the group The Rhythmettes, she sang "Optimistic Voices" in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, and on Broadway in 1939, again with the Rhythmettes, with Louis Armstrong, Moms Mabley, Oscar Polk and others, she sang and danced in the show Swingin' the Dream.
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- List of African American Medal of Honor recipients
- List of foreign-born Medal of Honor recipients
- Military history of Nova Scotia
- Black Nova Scotians
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