Nix, Joshua J., LCDR

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Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, USS Edsall (DD-219)
Service Years
1930 - 1942
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ft. Worth, TX and Memphis, TN.
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Lost at sea. 1 March 1942:
Indian Ocean. That morning, Lt Joshua J. Nix's EDSALL completed transferring LANGLEY's survivors to PECOS, then headed towards Tjilatjap. The Heavy cruiser Chikuma sunk the Edsall with 6" gunfire.

Casualty Date
Mar 01, 1942
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Indian Ocean
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Indian Ocean
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Formal Schools and Training CoursesUS NavyCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1935-1935, Naval Destroyer School
  1939-1941, Commander, Destroyers, Asiatic Fleet (COMDESAF) , Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1939-1941, USS Edsall (DD-219)
  1941-1942, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1941-1942, USS Edsall (DD-219)
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  1941-1942 World War II1
  1942-1942 East Indies Campaign (1941-42)/USS Edsall (DD-219)
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United States Naval Academy
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy
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LCdr. Joshua James Nix, U.S.N
was the youngest destroyer skipper in the U.S. Asiatic Fleet in October 1941.


In memory of the officers and crew of the Edsall, their Captain *LCdr. Joshua James Nix was born in 1908 in Fort Worth, Texas, raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1930. Captain Nix was awarded the Legion of Merit and the crew a battle star for their participation in the sinking of the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine "Sensuikan I-124" in shallow water on January 20, 1942. This action was referred to as "first blood" drawn by the U.S. Navy upon the Imperial Navy following attack on Pearl Harbor. The recovered codebooks were instrumental in breaking Japanese Naval and Merchant codes that led to the Ambush of the Japanese fleet off of Midway Island later in the summer of 1942. Unfortunately the Edsall was sunk by the Battleships Hiei and Kirishima, Heavy Cruisers Tone and Chikuma and 28 Dive bombers from the Akagi, Hiryu, Soryu and Kaga in a two hour running engagement South of Java, March 1, 1942. Lt. Joshua J. Nix, all 150 of his men, and the 32 AAF personnel of EDSALL's crew perished and none survived the war to give any details of the last gallant days of their ship.
On 27 February 1942, she picked up 177 survivors from the aircraft transport USS Langley, which was damaged by Japanese aircraft. She then sunk the Langley with torpedoes and gunfire. The next day the survivors from Langley went aboard the oiler USS Pecos. Edsall then headed back to Tjilatjap but she never reached it.

Around 1800 hours on 1 March 1942 the Japanese battlecruisers Hiei and Kirishima and heavy cruisers Chikuma and Tone engage the damaged USS Edsall (Lt.Cmdr Joshua James Nix) with gunfire. The Japanese ships fire over 1300 rounds at the Edsall and score only two hits. An air strike on the Edsall by the nearby carriers is requested.

Soryu launches nine dive bombers and the Akagi eight. The aircraft hit Edsall with 550lb and 1100lb bombs and set her on fire. Eventually Edsall goes dead in the water. The Heavy cruiser Chikuma moves in and destroys the stationary Edsall with 6" gunfire.

Around 1900 hours Edsall slides beneath the waves in position 13º45'S, 106º47'E.

From "United States destroyer operations in World War II".
By Theodore Roscoe

Note: *Lieutenant Joshua James Nix may have been posthumously
awarded the rank of Lieutenant Commander and the Purple Heart.

Lt. J. J. Nix served as the Executive Officer on the U.S.S. Edsall
before releaving Lt.Cdr. Edwin Mason Crouch and becoming the ship's
Commanding Officer in October 1941.

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