Myles C. Fox
|Myles Crosby Fox|
October 13, 1918|
New York, New York
|Died||August 7, 1942
Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1939-1942|
|Unit||1st Marine Raider Battalion|
|Battles/wars||World War II
*Battle of Tulagi
In the initial assault of the Guadalcanal campaign, Fox was with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion during the seizure of Tulagi on the night of August 7, 1942. He ignored mortal wounds to deploy his men skillfully in filling a key gap in the American lines, thus repulsing a Japanese attack with heavy losses.
First Lieutenant Fox was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his great valor.
The destroyer escort USS Myles C. Fox (DE-546) was named for First Lieutenant Fox, but her construction was cancelled in 1944. The destroyer USS Myles C. Fox (DD-829) then was named in his honor and was in commission from 1945 to 1979.