Col. Wesley Lee Fox, U.S.M.C. (Ret.) age 86, of Blacksburg, VA died on Nov. 24, 2017 in his home in Blacksburg, VA with his family by his side.
Col. Fox was awarded the nation’s highest honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his combat actions in Vietnam. As a career Marine, he wore the uniform for over fifty years. He served 43 years active duty, retiring as a Colonel in 1993. From 1993 until his full retirement in 2001, Col. Fox served as Deputy Commandant of Cadets at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. During his time in the Marine Corps, Col. Fox fought in the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Col. Fox received two awards of the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star with Combat V, four awards of the Purple Heart and numerous commendations. Col. Fox is also the author of three books, “Marine Rifleman”, “Courage of Fear” and “Six Essential Elements of Leadership”.
Col. Fox was born in Herndon, VA on Sept. 30, 1931 to the late John and Desola Fox. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dotti Lu, and his three daughters and sons-in-law, Dixie Lee and Mick Davis of Orlando, FL, 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. He was predeceased by his sister, Ruby Fox. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Col. Fox was a dedicated Marine, husband, father and grandfather and was loved by all his family and friends.
The family will be receiving guests at McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg, VA on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.. He will be laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on a date in the future.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Wesley L. Fox to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.