|Born||September 13, 1841|
|Died||January 25, 1920(aged 78)|
|Place of birth||Quebec, Canada|
|Place of death||Orting, Washington|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||Siege of Vicksburg|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Frank Bois (September 13, 1841 – January 25, 1920) was an Canadian sailor who fought in the American Civil War. He received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 27, 1863, while serving as Quartermaster aboard the USS Cincinnati.
Bois died on January 25, 1920 and is buried in Orting, Washington.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Served as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and at the time of her sinking, 27 May 1863. Engaging the enemy in a fierce battle, the Cincinnati, amidst an incessant fire of shot and shell, continued to fire her guns to the last, though so penetrated by enemy shellfire that her fate was sealed. Conspicuously cool in making signals throughout the battle, Bois, after all the Cincinnati's staffs had been shot away, succeeded in nailing the flag to the stump of the forestaff to enable this proud ship to go down, "with her colors nailed to the mast."
- ↑ Terrence J. Winschel (2006). Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume 2. Casemate Publishers. p. 88. ISBN 9781611210187. http://books.google.com/books?id=q3SZbcBQnnMC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false.
- ↑ "Frank Bois". Find a Grave. 10 November 2004. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8074761. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- ↑ "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- ↑ "Bois, Frank". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/121/bois-frank.php. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
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