May 23, 2015

Lafayette G. Pool

Lafayette G. Pool
Lafayette Pool was born in Texas, on July 23, 1919. He volunteered for Army service in June 1941 and after some basic training he was posted to 32nd Armored Regiment. Pool’s regiment landed in Normandy as part of the 3rd Armored Division. During the fighting in France and Belgium Pool was credited with the destruction of numerous German tanks and AFVs. On September 9, 1944, at the town of Munsterbusch, on the outskirts of Aachen Pool’s Sherman was hit and he was injured in the leg. The wound turned out to be pretty serious and Pool lost his right leg

He was medically discharged in 1946, but he was recalled into service in 1948 and stayed with the Army until 1960. In 1993, two years after his death, the M1 tank driver training facility at Ft. Knox was renamed “Pool Hall”. 

He was decorated with:
  • The Distinguished Service Cross,
  • the Legion of Merit,
  • the Purple Heart,
  • the French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star and
  • the Belgian Fourragère.

Distinguished Service Cross
2. Distinguished Service Cross.

Legion of Merit
3. Legion of Merit.
Purple Heart
4. Purple Heart.

Croix de Guerre
5. Croix de Guerre.

Belgian Fourragère
6. The Belgian Fourragère. It consists of three cords terminated
by a knot and a metal tag and it is braided in red and green.

Forty, George. Tank Aces – From Blitzkrieg to the Gulf War. Phoenix Mill: Sutton Publishing, 1997.
Kleffman, Dean and Nan. Staff Sergeant Lafayette G. Pool, An American to Remember. Journal of Military Ordnance, March 1988.

Photo attribution
1. Signal Corps Photo, Ft. Knox, KY, via Wikimedia Commons
2. Shischkabob, via Wikimedia Commons
3. Wikimedia Commons
4., via Wikimedia Commons
5. Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
6. U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry, via Wikimedia Commons