Douglas Harold Fox
|Douglas Harold Faox|
March 26, 1905|
Walled Lake, Michigan
|Died||November 13, 1942
KIA at Guadalcanal
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1926-1942|
|Commands held||USS Barton|
|Battles/wars||World War II
*Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
|Awards||Navy Cross (2)
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.
- history.navy.mil: USS Douglas H. Fox, Dictionary of Naval Fighting Ships.