DOUGLAS H. FOX, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Douglas Fox '26

Date of birth: March 26, 1905

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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Douglas was lost when USS Barton (DD 599) was sunk during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942. He had been in command since the ship's commissioning on May 29, 1942.

The wartime service of Barton and her officers and crew are detailed in this wonderful history.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Douglas Harold Fox (NSN: 0-60375), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BARTON (DD-599), during the engagement with enemy Japanese forces north of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942, and during arduous task of locating and rescuing survivors of damaged aircraft near French Reef, New Caledonia, on 30 October 1942. While under intense and prolonged aerial bombardment, Lieutenant Commander Fox, with superior judgment and expert seamanship, maneuvered his ship to effect the rescue of 250 survivors from the Aircraft Carrier HORNET. Four days later, under extreme darkness and adverse weather conations, he brought the Barton into the vicinity of dangerous reefs and despite imminent threat of hostile submarine attacks, picked up stranded crews and passengers from four large patrol planes, without loss of personnel. His brilliant leadership and courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Barton (DD-599)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943)

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Douglas Harold Fox (NSN: 0-60375), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. BARTON (DD-599), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. On this occasion the force to which Lieutenant Commander Fox was attached engaged at close quarters and defeated a superior enemy force, inflicting heavy damage upon them and preventing the accomplishment of their intended mission. This daring and intrepid attack, brilliantly executed, led to a great victory for his country's forces. By his indomitable fighting spirit, expert seamanship, and gallant devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander Fox contributed largely to the success of the battle and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Barton (DD-599)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)

Namesake

USS Douglas H. Fox (DD 779) was named for Douglas.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1926

Ensign, USS Seattle

January 1927

Ensign, USS Seattle

April 1927

Ensign, USS Seattle

October 1927

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: ENS Eugene Sarsfield '26.

January 1928

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: ENS James Willis '27.

April 1928

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: ENS James Willis '27.

July 1928

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: ENS James Willis '27.

October 1928

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: ENS Robert Hollenbeck '26 and ENS James Willis '27.

January 1929

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: ENS Robert Hollenbeck '26 and ENS James Willis '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Sample '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1929

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: ENS Robert Hollenbeck '26 and ENS James Willis '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Sample '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

July 1929

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Hollenbeck '26, ENS James Willis '27, and ENS Howard Garner '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (Battleship Division 3) and LT William Sample '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York

Others at this command: ENS Hugh Black '26, LTjg Robert Hollenbeck '26, ENS James Willis '27, and ENS Howard Garner '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (Battleship Division 3) and LT William Sample '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York

Others at this command: LTjg Hugh Black '26, ENS James Willis '27, and ENS Howard Garner '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (Battleship Division 3), LT William Sample '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B), and ENS Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York

Others at this command: LTjg Hugh Black '26, ENS James Willis '27, and ENS Howard Garner '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Sample '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Claxton

Others at this command: ENS Edwin Martin '29.

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Claxton

Others at this command: ENS Edwin Martin '29.

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Destroyer Squadron 5

Others at this command: ENS Donald Stillman '29.

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

Others at this command: LT William Eaton '21.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

Others at this command: LT William Eaton '21.

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pope

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Eagle 32

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Eagle 32

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Eagle 32

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Eagle 32

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Eagle 32

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Eagle 32

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Eagle 32

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Eagle 32

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Preston

January 1937

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Preston

April 1937

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Preston

September 1937

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Preston

January 1938

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Preston

July 1938

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Preston

January 1939

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Preston

October 1939

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Preston

Others at this command: LT Russell Ross '30 and ENS William Sissons '38.

June 1940

Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Minneapolis, Minnesota


Class of 1926

Douglas is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.