Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): In Memoriam: Medal of Honor Recipient Wesley Fox

This week, we mourn Medal of Honor recipient Wesley Fox, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Quang Tri Province during “Operation Dewey Canyon.” Though due to depart Vietnam, Fox volunteered for a six month tour extension and was designated the commander of A Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. Nicknamed “The Walking Dead,” 1/9 suffered more casualties than any battalion in Marine Corps history.
On the fateful day of February 22, 1969, Fox’s force numbered less than 90 marines, significantly reduced from their original 240-man company. During an oral history recorded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and archived with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, Fox selflessly describes his unit’s success. Outnumbered and engaged by a battalion-size force, Fox states “it was each Marine’s motivation to take the fight to the enemy – move into the sounds of the enemy’s guns. Because no one of us could ever get – or influence – any more than the Marine on your right and your left.”
Gone but not forgotten, an hour-long oral history details the service of Colonel Fox. For the veterans among us, what stories will you share with the Veterans History Project? 
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