Russell M. Cox

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Russell Mills Cox
Born (1919-01-30)January 30, 1919
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died November 13, 1942(1942-11-13) (aged 23)
Pacific Ocean, near Guadalcanal
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Naval Reserve
Years of service 1940–1942
Rank Ensign
Unit New York Navy Yard
USS Juneau (CL-52)

World War II

Russell M. Cox (January 30, 1919 – November 13, 1942), was a United States Navy officer killed in action during World War II for whom a U.S. Navy ship was named.

Naval career[edit]

Russell Mills Cox was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 30, 1919. Appointed an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve, to rank from August 29, 1940, he attended the Navy Supply Corps School, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He was then assigned to the New York Navy Yard at Brooklyn, New York, as a supply officer, reporting there on March 10, 1942.

Ensign Cox reported to the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52) on May 29, 1942 to serve as an assistant disbursing and supply officer. He was reported missing in action when a Japanese submarine torpedoed and sank Juneau off Guadalcanal during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.


The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Russell M. Cox (DE-774) was named for Ensign Cox. Her construction was cancelled in 1944.