Douglas Harold Fox

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Douglas Harold Faox
Born (1905-03-26)March 26, 1905
Walled Lake, Michigan
Died November 13, 1942(1942-11-13) (aged 37)
KIA at Guadalcanal
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1926-1942
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Commands held USS Barton
Battles/wars World War II
*Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Awards Navy Cross (2)
Purple Heart

Douglas Harold Fox (26 March 1905 - 13 November 1942) was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. He died during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II.


Born in Walled Lake, Michigan, Douglas Fox graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 3 June 1926. After service in various ships and shore stations, he was given command of the newly commissioned destroyer Barton (DD-599) on 29 May 1942.

Lieutenant Commander Fox went down with his ship when she was torpedoed and sunk in the naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Fox also later received an Award star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for earlier actions on 26 and 30 October and 3 November in which he had rescued downed aviators and survivors of Hornet (CV-8) under hazardous conditions.


See USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) for a destroyer named in his honor.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.