Fay, Leo Daniel, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
116X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare (In Training)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 116X, USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
South Dartmouth
Last Address
South Dartmouth

Casualty Date
May 17, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
Direct Commission Officer (Faculty Staff) Newport, RIUSS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779)
  1943-1943, Direct Commission Officer (Faculty Staff) Newport, RI
  1944-1945, 116X, USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)/Battle of Mindanao
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                          After action report for action on 17 May 1945

Picture shows damage to Mts 51 and 52 after being hit by a kamikaze


Douglas H. Fox joined in exercises in the Hawaiians from 31 March to 21 April, then sailed to join the radar picket line at Okinawa, arriving on 5 May.
She accounted for 7 planes during a concentrated attack by 11 enemy planes, splashing 5 of her attackers before being hit by a kamikaze and its bomb, and sprayed with burning gasoline from one of her own victims.
Although 10 of her crew were killed and 35 wounded, the fires were quickly extinguished and effective damage control measures enabled Douglas H. Fox to reach Kerama Retto under her own power for temporary repairs.  She continued to San Francisco for permanent repairs, arriving 23 June

For service as set forth in the following


" For extraordinary heroism in the line of duty while in action against the enemy. He was in charge of the Forward Repair Party of his ship on 17 May 1945 off OKINAWA GUNTO when that ship was engaged by several enemy planes, one of which crashed into the forecastle causing injuries to Ensign Fay from which he died within twenty- eight hours. In spite of a broken leg and arm, a serious head wound and forty percent burns, he directed the men under his command in repair activities which are directly responsible for saving the ship. He continued to exercise this command with consummate courage and skill until he was carried away from this station. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces of the United States."


For the President,

James V. Forrestal

Secretary of the Navy
September 1945 

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