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Middleburg Blog: The United States Marine Corps has lost a legend

Family and friends were saddened recently with the death on Nov. 24 of Colonel Wesley Lee Fox, United States Marine Corp (Retired) who received the Medal of Honor in 1971 for his combat actions in Vietnam and who was nationally known for his distinguished military service. Colonel Fox, 86, of Blacksburg, was born in Herndon, and was the oldest of ten children born to his parents, John and Desola Lee Fox, who lived in Loudoun County for many years. During his years of service from 1950 to 1993, he saw active service in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and he held commands of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines; Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines; and Commanding officer, USMC Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia. He received numerous awards during his military career, and after retiring, he continued to wear the uniform for 8 more years serving as a deputy commandant of cadets for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

Colonel Fox gave public speeches and wrote a book (Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps)about his experiences in the military and was featured in the PBS program American Valor.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dotti Lu. His family includes his three daughters and sons-in-law, Dixie Lee and Mick Davis of Orlando, Fla.; Amy Lu and Andy Hill of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Nicole Fox McCabe of Richmond, Va. He was dearly loved by his grandchildren, Westin, Shelby and Megan Davis, Andrew, Abbey and Aidan Hill, and Michael, Morgan and Millie McCabe. Col. Fox is survived by his brothers, Ray Fox, James Fox, David Fox, Elmer Fox; his sisters, Betty Monroe, Dorothy Iden, Molly Cordaro, and Linda Flynn. Colonel Fox was predeceased by his sister, Ruby Fox. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

A service in Arlington Cemetery for Colonel Fox is planned for early spring.

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