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|55k||Leslie Lockhart Bruce Knox was born 17 November 1916 in Brisbane, Australia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as seaman second class at New York City on 28 April 1939, and was
appointed as aviation cadet on 20 September. After flight training at Pensacola, Fla., he was commissioned ensign on 12 June 1940 and reported to Scouting Squadron 41 at Norfolk. On 15 March
1941 Knox was transferred to Fighting Squadron 42 and, except for temporary duty with Fighting Squadron 41, remained with that unit until his death in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 08 May 1942.
He was posthumously promoted to lieutenant (jg) on 25 June 1942 and awarded the Navy Cross for "extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as pilot of an aircraft of a Fighting Squadron in
action against enemy Japanese forces, in the Battle of the Coral Sea...On that evening, as one of the fighters launched to oppose enemy Japanese aircraft in the vicinity of his ship, Ensign Knox
attacked a formation of seven enemy aircraft, shooting down one and assisting...in dispersing the others. In this engagement, he displayed unusual skill and devotion to duty, carrying out his
mission with determination and aggressiveness against great enemy odds and with complete disregard for his own personal safety."
USS Leslie L. B. Knox (DE 580) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site: Find A Grave, Memorial #56789220)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|17k||Undated Wartime Image||Diane M. (Shover) DeMore|
|80k||Undated Wartime Image: Leslie L. B. Knox at sea. The ship is painted in measure MS22 camouflage color scheme.
(National Archives Photo)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|299k||Undated Wartime Image, date/location unknown: A view of Leslie L. B. Knox at speed. Note Mount 51 is trained on the photographer's platform.
(U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
|Leslie L. B. Knox History|
|View the USS Leslie L. B. Knox (DE 580) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Leslie L. B. Knox's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 22 Mar. 1944 – .. Aug. 1945||Lt. James Andrew Moffett, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) .. Aug. 1945 – .. .... ....||Lt. John M. Flowers Jr., USNR|
|3.) .. .... .... – 15 Jun. 1946||Lt.(jg) Henry Rosser Tribble, USN (Decomm. CO)|
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