SSGT George Jose “Big George” Cox


SSGT George Jose “Big George” Cox

Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia, USA
Death 14 Mar 1968 (aged 22)
Quảng Ngãi, Vietnam
Burial Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Plot Section O Site 464
Memorial ID 3865874 View Source

In Memory of….. SSgt. George Jose Cox.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Apr 19, 1945
Religion: Catholic
Marital Status: Married - Brigette Cox and two son's, Second son, Patrick James Cox and wife, Karen Dz. Cox.
Parents: Father, Lilburn Cox Jr., Born March 17, 1926 and Died July 1973 at the age of 47 yrs and Mother, , both of Santa Rosa, New Mexico.
* Paternal Grandparents: Lilburn Cox, born in Virginia and Mattie Cox, Born in Virginia.

***** Your granddaughter, Georgiana K. Cox, graduates from high school May 2014; she recently received The Daniel's Fund Scholarship and is hoping to become a nurse. She is beautiful & brilliant, you'd be very proud of her!
Left by Patrick James Cox & Karen Dz. Cox on 27 Mar 2014

***** On May 17th 2012 our son, one of your grandsons, graduated from high school. He's going to college soon. He plays guitar, has a great personality, and is very smart. You'd be proud. We all wish we'd had the opportunity to get to know you!
Best, from your daughter-in-law, Karen

***** United States Census, 1940
Name: Lilburn Cox
Titles and Terms: Jr
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Saltville Magisterial Dist, Washington, Virginia, US
Gender: Male
Age: 14
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birthplace: Virginia
Birth Year (Estimated): 1926
Last Place of Residence: Rural, Washington, Virginia
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Lilburn Cox Head M 52 Virginia
Mattie Cox Wife F 49 Virginia
Pauline Cox Daughter F 20 Virginia
Dixie Lee Cox Daughter F 18 Virginia
George Cox Son M 15 Virginia
Lilburn Cox Son M 14 Virginia - YOUR DAD..
Ernest Cox Son M 10 Virginia
William Childress Grandson M 3 Virginia

***** United States Census, 1920
Name: Mattie Cox
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: Saltville, Washington, Virginia, US
Gender: Female
Age: 28
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Birth Year (Estimated): 1892
Birthplace: Virginia
Father's Birthplace: United States
Mother's Birthplace: United States
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Lilburn Cox Head M 32 Virginia
Mattie Cox Wife F 28 Virginia - YOUR GRANDMOM
Edna E Cox Daughter F 4 Virginia
Laurence A Cox Son M 1 Virginia
Pauline E Cox Daughter F 0 Virginia

***** Remembrance posted by Robert Fowler
SSG Cox was a member of Company C, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23 Infantry Division (Americal Division). He was killed 4 days prior to the events that became known as the My Lai Massacre. Captain Ernest Medina used the death of SSG Cox, a well liked squad leader, to whip his soldiers into a frenzy for the attack at My Lai, 18 Mar 1968.

***** Excerpt, from My Lai, 4-A Report, on the Massacre and It's Aftermath, page 35. "On March 14, two days before the mission, to My Lai, 4, a small squad, from the third, platoon, ran into a booby trap. Gary Garfolo watched, Sergeant, George Cox, lead a patrol, into a cluster of trees. Suddenly, he heard Cox, call over the radio, that he'd found something. 'Next thing-kaBOOM-big mushroom cloud, everybody hits, the ground. We went, over there-this big ruin, of a place-and found everybody, tore up.' Richard Pendleton arrived, seconds after the booby trap went off: 'Somebody that was injured said Cox picked the bomb up before it went off. He was kind of curious, about those things.' Cox was killed and one GI lost his eyes an arm and a leg. There were screams and calls for medics.

SSGT - E6 - Army - 11th Light Infantry Brigade
Length of service 4 years
Casualty was on Mar 14, 1968

Body was recovered
Panel 44E - Line 45

George Jose Cox was a Staff Sergeant for the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He died on March 14, 1968 at the age of 23 from a grenade explosion while in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam.

His body was recovered.

Charlie Company
March 14, 1968

Bravo Company 4-3 Infantry is again OPCON to Task Force Baker.

On March 14, Charlie Company remains OPCON to Task Force Barker at 1140hrs at BS647875 element hit a booby trap Artillery 105 round results 4 US WHA 1 US KHA, was Cox, WHA Dust Off completed. Dison multiple Frag Wounds in legs, Cummings frag wounds in legs, Hendrickson frag wound in legs.

Charlie Company found supply cache 3 boxes of ammo and explosives, PRC 25 batteries, 200' claymore wire, all destroyed in place.

Dust Off was to 2nd Surgical Hospital Chu Lai. At 1345hrs Charlie Company at BS626867 engaged 1 VC evading results 1 VC KIA at 1600hrs.


Charlie Company reports the following SP4 Thomas R. Cummings, PFC Henry D. Dison and PFC Richard Hendrickson where evac to 2nd Surgical Hospital.




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