Federal Prohibition Agent William Frank Porter

Federal Prohibition Agent William Frank Porter

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, June 20, 1925

William Frank Porter

Federal Prohibition Agent William Porter and Prohibition Officer David Ball, of the West Virginia Department of Prohibition, were accidentally shot and killed in exchange of gunfire between two groups of prohibition officers.

A group of federal prohibition officers and a group of state prohibition officers were both conducting raids near Huntington, West Virginia. Neither group knew the other group was in the area.

When they encountered each other, each group mistook the other for moonshiners and shots were exchanged. Special Agent Porter and Prohibition Officer George Ball were both fatally wounded in the exchange. A second state agent was wounded.

Special Agent Porter was survived by his wife.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 7744

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Location West Virginia

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 21, 2015

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