Myles Crosby Fox

1st Lt, USMC

13 October 1918 - 8 August 1942

1st Lt. Myles Crosby Fox was born in NYC on 13 October 1918 and died 8 August 1942 of wounds received at Tulagi, Solomon Islands. Myles Fox graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1939. There is an annual soccer award: "Myles Fox Trophy" that is awarded annually to the outstanding leader of the team. Lt. Fox served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in an enlisted status from May 1939 to November 1940. On 29 November he accepted appointment as 2nd Lt.in the Marine Corps Reserve. On 18 November he accepted appointment to the Marine Corps and on 11 April 1942 was promoted to 1st Lt. Lt Fox served in the field from 30 April 1942 until his death. 1st Lt. Fox was awarded the Purple Heart, American Defense Medal 1942, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Cross for service set forth in the following citation:

For extraordinary heroism while attached to a Marine Raider Battalion during the seizure of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, on the night of 7-8 August 1942. When a hostile counter-attack threatened to penetrate the battalion line between two companies, 1st Lt. Fox, although mortally wounded, personally directed the deployment of personnel to cover the gap. As a result of great personal valor and skilled tactics, the enemy suffered heavy losses and their attack repulsed. 1st Lt. Fox, by his devotion to duty, upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.


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