Fox March 2003 Newsletter
This was snail-mailed to all shipmates on our postal list who don't have e-mail; everyone else has been brought pretty much up to date via the YAHOO site or this web site.
Welcome (or Ahoy)
Hard to believe that no one ever decided to write a newsletter before, that is,
since the Fox retired in 1979. Also
hard to believe that ALL of the Fox’s activities and ALL of the work, fun,
sweat, tears, painting, chipping, cleaning swabbing, shooting, yelling,
gambling, and general skating was done in THE LAST CENTURY.
* Hope that this finds each of you in good health and doing well!! We have quite a bit of news for the men who do not have, or never knew that we have the largest destroyer web site in the World for ANY destroyer. In fact, I can’t find another web site with as many photos and people and interesting information about a single Navy ship anywhere. So be proud! Even though the hull of the Fox is no longer in service, her crew and memories live on in two forms: a website dedicated to the namesake of the ship as well as crews:
Am sure that you have already heard about the Fox annual gathering at Fall
River, Massachusetts September 26-27, 2003.
Contact Bill Quinn165 Ramapo Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10309, Phone:
718-984-9437. Dinner is $35.00/
Fox Mailing List
Fox, circa 1951
Fox Association Membership
We have Incorporated the Fox shipmate association in the State of Florida so
that the entity is a.) legal, and b.) men feel comfortable sending money for
membership and purchases. So, here
is the structure for supporting this endeavor:
* This fee structure supports the web site, overhead costs, postage, newsletters, ship store overhead, and other approved costs normal for a not-for-profit organization. The Fox bank account now has about $3,000.00, which we hope to grow as the group grows. That account has grown as a result of strong member support as well as ship store sales. If you wish to support the association, please contact: Paul Wieloszynski 1704 Bedingfield Dr, Tampa, Florida 33603-1526. Checks payable to: USS Myles C. Fox DD-829 Association, Inc.
Words, for now
* It is estimated that between 3,500 and 4,000 men served on the Fox between 1945 and 1979. Some have gone on to calmer seas, but many, perhaps as many as 2,500 are still roaming around as landlubbers somewhere in these United States. So we only have about 15% of the estimated total. It is our goal to contact as many as possible. We have started a committee with the goal to purchase the muster logs from throughout the ship’s life from the Naval Archives. From there we will perform searches (mostly internet-based) to find everyone, and, if possible to determine their status. Last year’s reunion had over 100 people attend, which I think was a record; reunions are only fun and have great fellowship if LOTS of men show up! Which is our goal, to connect with as many shipmates as possible, renewing old friendships and making new ones. We all have much in common; each steamed aboard a fine US Navy Destroyer.
Fox, circa 1973