Minor Butler Poole
|Minor Butler Poole|
Memorial to those killed on Boise, October 11–12, 1942
February 2, 1920|
|Died||October 12, 1942
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
|Years of service||February 15, 1938 to October 12, 1942|
|Rank||Gunner's Mate First Class|
|Unit||USS Boise (CL-47)|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Cape Esperance|
During the Battle of Cape Esperance at Guadalcanal, Poole was in charge of the Forward Magazine Flooding Control Station aboard USS Boise (CL-47). He gave up his life in an attempt to reach the flooding panel through overpowering gas fumes on October 12, 1942, and for this Gunners Mate First Class Poole posthumously received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty. 107 Boise crewmembers died in that battle.
USS Poole (DE-151), named in his honor, launched May 8, 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. Minor Herndon Poole, mother of Minor Butler Poole. Poole's mother used a bottle filled with water from Liberty Creek in Mississippi to christen the ship instead of the traditional Champagne. She used it because her son learned to swim in the waters of the creek.
- Creek Water Christens Ship. Associated Press. Amarillo Daily News. Amarillo, Texas. Friday, May 21, 1943. Page 7.
- Poole at the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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