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COL Wesley Lee Fox

COL Wesley Lee Fox

Birth
Herndon, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Death 24 Nov 2017 (aged 86)
Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 55 Site 1125
Memorial ID 185520280 · View Source
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Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery while serving as a commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, during Operation Dewey Canyon in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. Following his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps in August 1950, he saw action in the Korean War and completed two tours of duty. Following the war, he returned to the United States and was assigned as a drill instructor and later a recruiter. In 1966 he received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and the following year he was sent to Vietnam, serving as an executive officer of a South Vietnamese Marine Battalion. In November 1968 he was reassigned as commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, and on February 22, 1969, his unit engaged a large enemy force during Operation Dewey Canyon that resulted in him being wounded twice. After returning to the United States he remained in the Marine Corps, retiring at the rank of Colonel with 43 years of continuous military service. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as commanding officer of Company A, in action against the enemy in the northern A Shau Valley. Capt. (then 1st Lt.) Fox's company came under intense fire from a large well concealed enemy force. Capt. Fox maneuvered to a position from which he could assess the situation and confer with his platoon leaders. As they departed to execute the plan he had devised, the enemy attacked and Capt. Fox was wounded along with all of the other members of the command group, except the executive officer. Capt. Fox continued to direct the activity of his company. Advancing through heavy enemy fire, he personally neutralized 1 enemy position and calmly ordered an assault against the hostile emplacements. He then moved through the hazardous area coordinating aircraft support with the activities of his men. When his executive officer was mortally wounded, Capt. Fox reorganized the company and directed the fire of his men as they hurled grenades against the enemy and drove the hostile forces into retreat. Wounded again in the final assault, Capt. Fox refused medical attention, established a defensive posture, and supervised the preparation of casualties for medical evacuation. His indomitable courage, inspiring initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger inspired his marines to such aggressive action that they overcame all enemy resistance and destroyed a large bunker complex. Capt. Fox's heroic actions reflect great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and uphold the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Originally Created by: William Bjornstad
  • Added: 27 Nov 2017
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL Wesley Lee Fox (30 Sep 1931–24 Nov 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 185520280, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .