Wesley Lee Fox-Arlington, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 38° 52.794 W 077° 03.942
18S E 320817 N 4305477
Quick Description: Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient for action at Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam on February 22, 1969. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Section 55, Site 1125.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/11/2019 9:41:53 AM
Waymark Code: WM10YCJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
He was born on September 30, 1931 in Herndon, VA and died on November 24, 2017 in Blacksburg, VA. He attained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: FOX, WESLEY L.
• Rank and Organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division
• Place and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 22 February 1969
• Date of Issue: 03/02/1971
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as commanding officer of Company A, in action against the enemy in the northern A Shau Valley. Capt. (then 1st Lt.) Fox's company came under intense fire from a large well concealed enemy force. Capt. Fox maneuvered to a position from which he could assess the situation and confer with his platoon leaders. As they departed to execute the plan he had devised, the enemy attacked and Capt. Fox was wounded along with all of the other members of the command group, except the executive officer. Capt. Fox continued to direct the activity of his company. Advancing through heavy enemy fire, he personally neutralized 1 enemy position and calmly ordered an assault against the hostile emplacements. He then moved through the hazardous area coordinating aircraft support with the activities of his men. When his executive officer was mortally wounded, Capt. Fox reorganized the company and directed the fire of his men as they hurled grenades against the enemy and drove the hostile forces into retreat. Wounded again in the final assault, Capt. Fox refused medical attention, established a defensive posture, and supervised the preparation of casualties for medical evacuation. His indomitable courage, inspiring initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger inspired his marines to such aggressive action that they overcame all enemy resistance and destroyed a large bunker complex. Capt. Fox's heroic actions reflect great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and uphold the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

The grave site photo of Colonel Fox was taken by Patrick Ryan McGrady and posted on Findagrave.com.

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION WAYMARK* This category made the decision to approve this waymark based on the research and partnerships between the submitter, Don.Morfe, and individuals who gave permission for their photos of Medal of Honor resting places to be used in this community. Although the vision and philosophy of the Waymarking body is to promote in-person visits and photo documentation, special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis such as this submission. We appreciate the fact that Don.Morfe spent over 20 years visiting more than 2,900 Medal of Honor resting places and has documented them in this category with personal photos the past 18 months. He recently took it upon himself to document many more Medal of Honor resting places around the world that he could not visit in person. He reached out to individuals on FindaGrave.com and elsewhere and received permission to use their photos, created write-ups and submitted them here for approval. A compromise was made to allow his submissions here in order to gain a sense of appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts and contributions to this category and to the Waymarking community!

Armed Service: Marines

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