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USS Poole (DE 151)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - P - G - P
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal


Specifications:
Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Poole (DE 151) Building and Operational Data:
  • 13 February 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Tex.
  • 08 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Minor Herndon Poole, mother of Gunners Mate Minor Butler Poole
  • 29 September 1943: Commissioned at Orange, Tex., Cmdr. Ralph D. Dean, USCG, in command
  • 29 January 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 4 months of service
  • 02 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 23 January 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Southern Scrap Materials Corp., New Orleans, La.
  • 30 January 1974: Removed from U.S. Navy custody
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    Poole
    48k Minor Butler Poole was born to Mr. and Mrs. Minor Herndon Poole at Brandon, Miss. on 02 February 1920. He enlisted in the Navy at the Recruiting Station in New Orleans, La. on 15 February 1938. In June 1938 after completing Basic Training at Norfolk, Va., he was advanced to Seaman 2nd Class and was assigned to duty in USS Boise (CL 47). On 26 August 1938 he was transferred to the Receiving Station in Washington, D.C. to attend the Enlisted Range Finder Operator's Class. In September 1938 he was transferred back to USS Boise, where he remained for the rest of his Naval service. Regular promotions followed: Seaman 1st Class in August 1939, Gunners Mate 3rd Class in November 1940, and Gunners Mate 2nd Class in September 1941.

    When his enlistment expired on 15 February 1942, he extended it for two years, and was promoted to Gunners Mate 1st Class in September. GM1 Poole was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty while in charge of the Forward Magazine Flooding Control Station aboard Boise during the Battle of Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal, on the night of 11-12 October 1942. He gave up his life in an attempt to reach the flooding panel through overpowering gas fumes in the early morning hours of 12 October 1942.

    USS Poole (DE 151) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo courtesy of Virgil Roberts)
    Virgil Roberts
    Liberty, Miss.
    Poole 110k undated wartime image Don Macchia
    MoMM2c, WWII
    Poole 41k undated wartime image Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Additional Poole Memorabilia
    CO Letter
    to Parents
    09 December 1942
    Poole
    Courtesy of
    Virgil Roberts
    News Article
    "The Clarion-Ledger"
    01 May 1943
    Poole
    Courtesy of
    Virgil Roberts
    News Article
    "The Clarion-Ledger"
    02 May 1943
    Poole
    Courtesy of
    Virgil Roberts
    News Article
    "The Enterprise-Journal"
    06 May 1943
    Poole
    Courtesy of
    Virgil Roberts
    News Article
    "The Clarion-Ledger"
    08 May 1943
    Poole
    Courtesy of
    Virgil Roberts
    News Article
    "The Southern Herald"
    10 May 1943
    Poole
    Courtesy of
    Virgil Roberts
    News Article
    "The McComb Daily Journal"
    19 May 1943
    Poole
    Courtesy of
    Virgil Roberts
    News Article
    "The Clarion-Ledger"
    21 May 1943
    Poole
    Courtesy of
    Virgil Roberts

    Poole History
    View the USS Poole (DE 151) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Poole as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Poole's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 29 Sep. 1943 - 18 May 1944Cmdr. Ralph D. Dean, USCG (Comm. CO)
    2.) 18 May 1944 - 16 Apr. 1945Lcdr. Louis MacLane Thayer, Jr., USCG (Butte, Mont.) (ret. as Radm.)
    3.) 16 Apr. 1945 - 29 Jan. 1946Lt. Peter Joseph Butvidas, USCG (Decomm. CO) (Newark, N.J.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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