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Frank Bois
Born (1841-09-13)September 13, 1841
Died January 25, 1920(1920-01-25) (aged 78)
Place of birth Quebec, Canada
Place of death Orting, Washington
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch Flag of the United States.svg United States Navy
Rank Quartermaster
Battles/wars Siege of Vicksburg
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg 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.[1]

Bois died on January 25, 1920 and is buried in Orting, Washington.[2]

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."[3][4]

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