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Douglas Harold Fox

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Douglas Harold Faox
Born(1905-03-26)March 26, 1905
Walled Lake, Michigan
DiedNovember 13, 1942(1942-11-13) (aged 37)
KIA at Guadalcanal
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1926–1942
RankLieutenant Commander
Commands heldUSS Barton
Battles/warsWorld War II
*Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
AwardsNavy Cross (2)
Purple Heart

Douglas Harold Fox (26 March 1905 – 13 November 1942) was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. He died during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II.


Born in Walled Lake, Michigan, Douglas Fox graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 3 June 1926. After service in various ships and shore stations, he was given command of the newly commissioned destroyer Barton (DD-599) on 29 May 1942.

Lieutenant Commander Fox went down with his ship when she was torpedoed and sunk in the naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Fox also later received an Award star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for earlier actions on 26 and 30 October and 3 November in which he had rescued downed aviators and survivors of Hornet (CV-8) under hazardous conditions.


See USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779) for a destroyer named in his honor.

See also[edit]

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