Fox, Donald Charles, RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1945, RM-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Leon, NY
Last Address
West Falls, NY

Casualty Date
Jun 18, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Sea of Japan
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The USS Bonefish (SS-223) was on a war patrol in the Sea of Japan with two other submarines. Her last communication was during a rendezvous on June 18, 1945. Captured Japanese records indicate that a Japanese vessel was sunk on June 19th and that during an intense counterattack a submarine was sunk with all hands. It is presumed that this was the USS Bonefish. Radioman Fox was officially declared dead 15 July 1946.

Service number: 6081848

Submarine war patrols:
USS Puffer (SS-268) - 4th and 5th
USS Bonefish (SS-223) - 1st through 4th; 6th through 8th

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese shipping and combatant units during her Fourth War Patrol in the Celebes and Sulu Seas from April 30 to June 21, 1944. Operating in bold defiance of persistent and severe hostile counter measures, the USS Puffer daringly struck at heavily escorted Japanese convoys. Going in despite relentless opposition, she penetrated the enemy's formidable screens to press home her attacks, launching her torpedoes with devastating speed and precision to sink numerous valuable units of the Japanese Fleet. Skillfully handled by her valiant officers and men, she withstood merciless depth charges and repeatedly returned to deliver crushing blows to the enemy's vital life lines of supply. Her gallant fighting spirit and intrepid devotion to duty were exemplified in an outstanding combat record in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Navy Unit Commendation
For outstanding heroism in action during the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth War Patrols in enemy Japanese-controlled areas of the Pacific. Harassed continually and several times bombed by watchful and aggressive enemy aircraft, the USS Bonefish boldly penetrated the most forward combat areas to effect wide coverage of her assigned sectors and strike fiercely at important Japanese surface targets. Consistently ready for combat under the superb handling of her gallant officers and men, she defied heavy escort screens; she developed her contacts with determined aggressiveness and launched gunfire and torpedo attacks despite the severest hostile countermeasures to sink or damage many ships vital to the enemy's continued persecution of the war. In addition to her valiant combat achievements, the Bonefish rendered splendid lifeguard services during air strikes against hostile territory, effecting the rescue of two friendly pilots. Her outstanding record of success under the hazards and difficulties of prolonged patrols reflects the highest credit upon the Bonefish, her courageous, fighting ship's company and the United States Naval Service.

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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Duty Stations
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Bonefish (SS-223)USS Puffer (SS-268)
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, USS S-20 (SS-125)
  1942-1943, RM-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, RM-0000, USS S-20 (SS-125)
  1943-1944, RM-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
  1944-1944, RM-0000, USS Puffer (SS-268)
  1944-1945, RM-0000, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 2nd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 3rd War Patrol
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 6th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 4th War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 8th War Patrol
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 7th War Patrol
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to RM3
  Dec 01, 1943, Promoted to RM2
  Nov 01, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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