Minor Butler Poole

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Minor Butler Poole
USS Boise (CL-47) Battle of Cape Esperance memorial plaque, in November 1945 (80-G-701627).jpg
Memorial to those killed on Boise, October 11–12, 1942
Born(1920-02-02)February 2, 1920
Brandon, Mississippi
DiedOctober 12, 1942(1942-10-12) (aged 22)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
AllegianceUnited States
Years of serviceFebruary 15, 1938 to October 12, 1942
RankGunner's Mate First Class
UnitUSS Boise (CL-47)
Battles/warsBattle of Cape Esperance
AwardsNavy Cross

Minor Butler Poole (February 2, 1920, in Brandon, Mississippi - October 12, 1942, in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands) enlisted in the United States Navy February 15, 1938.

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.[1]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic World War II : Andrew F. Cook Jr., Louis J. Carpellotti, Langdon K. Fieberling, Harvey Emerson Oswald, Robert Burr Smith, Eugene Morland Key, John Joseph Gilligan Jr.
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  • USS Poole (DE-151)


  1. Creek Water Christens Ship. Associated Press. Amarillo Daily News. Amarillo, Texas. Friday, May 21, 1943. Page 7.

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