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USS FOX (DD-234 / AG-85)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIRQ

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/51, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on June 25 1918.
Launched June 12 1919 and commissioned May 17 1920.
Decommissioned February 2 1931, recommissioned April 1 1932.
Decommissioned September 16 1938, recommissioned September 25 1939.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-85 October 1 1944.
Decommissioned March 29 1945.
Stricken December 19 1945.
Fate Sold November 12 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Fox 21kGustavus Vasa Fox, born 13 June 1821 at Saugus, Mass., was appointed midshipman 12 January 1838. During the Mexican War, he served in the brig Washington in the squadron of Commodore Perry and took active part in the second expedition against Tobasco, 14-16 January 1847, which resulted in the capture of that town. He was in command of several mail steamers and after his resignation 30 July 1856, engaged in the manufacture of woolen materials. At the start of the Civil War he volunteered for service. He was given a temporary appointment in the Navy and was sent in the steamer Baltic to the relief of Major Robert Anderson and the remnant of his command in Fort Sumter, and brought them away. On 1 August 1861, President Lincoln appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, an office which he held until the close of the Civil War. In 1866, he was sent on a special mission to Russia and conveyed the congratulations of the President of the United States to the Czar upon his escape from assassination. His voyage was made in the monitor Miantonomah which was the first vessel of this class to cross the Atlantic. He died 29 October 1883 at Lowell, Mass. Torpedo Boat No. 13 and DD-234 were named for Gustavus Fox.Bill Gonyo
Fox 124kUndated, destroyers moored at San Diego, California, prior to World War II. These ships are (from left to right): USS Barry (DD-248); USS Bainbridge (DD-246); USS Reuben James (DD-245); USS Williamson (DD-244); USS Fox (DD-234); USS Lawrence (DD-250); and USS Hovey (DD-208). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Fox 89kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Fox 157kUndated, location unknown. Photo of the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Fox 126kUSS Fox (DD-234), Miss Virginia Blair, ship's Sponsor, stands by Fox's bow during launching ceremonies at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 12 June 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 53936.Robert Hurst
Fox 85kUSS Fox (DD-234) launching, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 12 June 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Fox 130kNew York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey. Destroyers fitting out on 2 October 1919. The second ship from the camera is Humphreys (DD-236). The fourth through sixth are Brooks (DD-232), Fox (DD-234) and Kane (DD-235). Their builder's hull numbers were (respectively) 225, 221, 223 and 224. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42532Robert Hurst
Fox 72kPhoto #: NH 53937-A, USS Fox (DD-234) running trials in 1920. Note: despite the inscription of this view, it is possible that this ship is actually USS Brooks (DD-232).Paul Rebold
Fox 116kUSS Fox (DD-234) Underway, during the 1920s or 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Fox 148kUSS Hopkins (DD-249) In San Diego harbor, California, during the early 1930s. USS Kane (DD-235) and USS Fox (DD-234) are moored in the right center background, with Naval Air Station North Island beyond them. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Fox 125kUSS Williamson (DD-244) In San Diego harbor, California, during the early 1930s. USS Kane (DD-235) and USS Fox (DD-234) are in the right background. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Fox 130kUSS Barry (DD-248) In San Diego harbor, California, about 1930. Ships in the right background are USS Kane (DD-235) and USS Fox (DD-234). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Fox 147kUSS Fox (DD-234) At the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., circa the 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Fox 152kPearl Harbor Navy Yard, Oahu, Hawaii. Scouting Force ships at, and off, the yard, 2 February 1933. Cruisers tied up at 1010 Dock are (from left to left center) Augusta (CA-31), Chicago (CA-29) and Chester (CA-27). USS Northampton (CA-26) is alongside the dock in the center, with USS Kane (DD-235) in the adjacent Marine Railway and USS Fox (DD-234) tied up nearby. USS Louisville (CA-28) is in the center distance. Moored off her bow and at the extreme right are USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) and USS Pensacola (CA-24). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-451164.Robert Hurst
Fox 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peña
Fox 76kCirca mid 1930s.Marc Piché

USS FOX DD-234 / AG-85 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Archibald Douglas Turnbull    May 17 1920 - Jun 1920
LCDR Webb Trammell    Sep 14 1921 - Aug 15 1922
LCDR John Howard Wellbrock    Aug 15 1921 - ?
(Decommissioned Feb 2 1931 - Apr 1 1932)
LCDR John Newton Walton    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR William Francis Dietrich    ? 1936 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR Howell Church Fish    ? 1937 - Sep 16 1938
(Decommissioned Sep 16 1938 - Sep 25 1939)
LCDR Joseph Aloysius Farrell    Sep 25 1939 - 1941
LCDR Cecil Thilman Caufield    1941 - May 5 1942 
LCDR Robert Winthrop Wood    May 5 1942 - May 22 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Walter James East    May 22 1943 - 1944
LCDR George Martin Christiansen    1944 - Nov 29 1945

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