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|48k||Lee Fox, Jr. was born on 11 January 1920 at Rock Island, III. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Fox of New Cumberland, Pa., and prepared for college at New Cumberland High
School. He attended the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania for two years, and then transferred to Franklin and Marshall for his last year. He began his flight training
in the Civil Aeronautics Course as an undergraduate at Franklin and Marshall College. Appointed an aviation cadet in the Naval Reserve on 09 January 1941, he won his pilotís wings at Pensacola and
was commissioned an ensign on 05 August. After brief service on the west coast, he reported for duty in Hawaii on 17 September and served with Patrol Squadron 12 until his death. Lee was reported
lost during the heroic defense of the U.S. Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, during the Japanese sneak attack of Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941. His body was never recovered
following the attack and he was presumed killed in action. Ensign Fox was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
USS Lee Fox (DE 65) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of the Archives and Special Collections, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA)
|100k||15 July 1943: Hingham, Mass. - USS Amesbury (DE 66) and USS Lee Fox (DE 65)
in the background during the handing over and commissioning ceremony for HMS Calder.
(Photo from the private collection of Electrical Artificer Ron Ayres as printed in "The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War" by Donald Collingwood)
England, United Kingdom
|135k||22 July 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Lee Fox (DE 65) underway off New York City. Photographed from a plane based at Naval Air Station, New York.|
(U.S. Navy Photograph #NH 107426, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|17k||undated wartime image (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives)||-|
|Lee Fox History|
|View the USS Lee Fox (DE 65 / APD 45) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Lee Fox's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 30 Aug. 1943 - 22 Dec. 1943||Lcdr. William Croft Jennings (Comm. CO) (USNA '27) (Bishopville, S.C.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|2.) 22 Dec. 1943 - 11 Oct. 1944||Lcdr. William Graham Claytor, Jr., USNR (Roanoke, Va.) (became SecNav '77)|
|3.) 11 Oct. 1944 - 20 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. John Howard Uhl, USNR|
|4.) 20 Oct. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946||Lt. Beckwith Roger Bronson, USNR (Chicago, Ill.)|
|5.) .. Mar. 1946 - 13 May 1946||Lcdr. Richard Joseph Dressling (Decomm. CO) (Oroville, Cal.)|
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