We here at Gobbler Country are primarily focused on the athletic efforts of the Virginia Tech Hokies. From time to time there are events and individuals outside of sports that demand recognition from the Hokie faithful. One such individual is Colonel Wesley L. Fox, USMC Retired.
Col Fox was born in Herndon, VA on September 30, 1931, and spent his years as a young man working the family farm before joining the United State Marine Corps in 1950. He served with honor as a rifleman in the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for his efforts. After earning his commission he was sent to Vietnam where he served as the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. Then 1st Lieutenant Fox’s company suffered a 75% casualty rate during the USMC’s push through the A Shau Valley during Operation Dewey Canyon, which was the Marine’s last major offensive effort of the conflict. Col Wesley’s actions during the engagement with the enemy earned him the Medal of Honor.
Col Fox retired in 1993 at the age of 62, but his time with the military was not over. This is where Virginia Tech comes into play. From 1993 through 2001 Col Fox continued his service as the Deputy Commandant of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Even after his time as the Deputy Commandant Col Fox remained a fixture with the VTCC, continuing his mentorship of young cadets. In 2011 the Virginia Tech Alumni Association awarded Col Fox a lifetime honorary membership.
After his time with VTCC Col Wesley authored two books. The first was written in 2002, Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps (Memories of War). His next book remains required reading for all first-year cadets – Six Essential Elements of Leadership: Marine Corps Wisdom from a Medal of Honor Recipient.
Colonel Wesley L. Fox’s watch ended on Friday, November 24, 2017, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
We here at Gobbler Country wish to extend our warmest regards to the loved ones that survived Col Fox. We would also like to extend our extreme gratitude for Col Fox’s service to our nation and Virginia Tech.
Semper Fi, Colonel.
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