An Airman's Story: Lieutenant Colonel Betty Jane Williams

A Sailor's Story: Lieutenant John Robert Fox

Born on May 18, 1915, in Cincinnati, Ohio. First Lieutenant John Fox was an academic attending Wilburforce University and participated in the ROTC program at the school.

After college, First Lieutenant John Fox enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 in anticipation of US involvement in World War II. He was assigned to the 92nd Infantry Division as a forward observer.

On December 26, 1944, the Italian village he was at (Sommocolonia) was overrun by enemy soldiers. First Lieutenant John Fox earned a medal of honor for directing artillery fire on his position after being overrun. His actions allowed allied forces to retake the village.

In addition to winning the Congressional Medal of Honor,  Hasbro toy company has made a GI Joe commemorative action figure in his honor.


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