Wesley L. Fox
Wesley Lee Fox (September 30, 1931 – November 24, 2017) was a retired United States Marine Corps colonel with 43 years of service. Fox received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, and was thought to be one of the Marine Corps' legendary heroes.
|Wesley Lee Fox|
Colonel Wesley L. Fox, U.S. Marine Corps
|Born||September 30, 1931|
|Died||November 24, 2017 (aged 86)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1950–1993|
|Unit||3rd Battalion, 5th Marines|
1st Battalion, 9th Marines
MCRD San Diego
2nd Force Reconnaissance Company
Marine Air Detachment
Basic School, Quantico
|Commands held||Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines|
Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines,
Commanding officer, U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
|Other work||Deputy Commandant of Cadets at Virginia Tech|
Marine Corps Recruiter
Beginning in September 1967, Fox served in the Vietnam War for 13 months as an executive officer of a South Vietnamese Marine Battalion. In November 1968, he was reassigned to Vietnam as the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines until May 1969.
On February 22, 1969, during Operation Dewey Canyon in Quang Tri Province, he was wounded twice. He was wounded the first time in the shoulder when his company was attacked by a large enemy force. A first lieutenant at the time, Fox then personally neutralized one enemy emplacement and directed his company to destroy others. After his company's executive officer was mortally wounded, he continued to direct the company's actions, ordering air strikes and coordinating the advance until the enemy retreated; Fox, the only officer left in his company that was capable of resisting the enemy, was wounded again in the final assault, but refused medical attention while he reorganized his troops and prepared the wounded for evacuation.
Fox retired from the Marine Corps as a full colonel in September 1993 at the mandatory age of 62. Fox has written a book about his experiences in the military, Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps (ISBN 1-57488-425-5), and was featured on the 2003 PBS program American Valor.
- says, Sir Robert James Fogarty II (12 March 2012). "Interview - MoH recipient and author Wesley Fox". HistoryNet.
- Smith, Charles (1988). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: High Mobility and Standdown 1969. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. p. 365. ISBN 978-1494287627.
- "Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Wesley Fox dies at 86". Stars and Stripes.
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- "Colonel Fox's Medal of Honor citation".
- "Interview at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library".
- "Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2010.