USS MYLES C. FOX (DD-829)
Myles C. Fox (DD-829) was laid down by the Bath Iron Works
14 August 1944
Iaunched 13 January 1945;
sponsored by Mrs. James C. Fox
mother of Lieutenant Fox;
and commissioned at Boston 20 March 1945
Comdr. John S.
Fahy in command.
After Caribbean shakedown and training off New Jersey
Myles C. Fox sailed 5 July 1945 for the Panama Canal
arriving Pearl Harbor on the 28th. She
departed Pearl Harbor 10 August for the Marshalls
word en route of cessation of hostilities. After calling at
she continued to Japan
anchoring in Tokyo Bay 9
September to begin duty screening carriers providing air cover
for the occupation landings on Japan.
The destroyer served in the occupation until sailing for Saipan
8 January 1946. On 25 March
she headed from the Marianas
for San Diego with veterans aboard for transportation home.
Arriving 11 April. she operated alone
the west coast until 6 January 1947
when she sailed for the Far
arriving Yokosuka on the 25th. In ensuing months she
called at principal ports of Japan with missions to Korea
and Hong Kong.
On 19 July Myles C. Fox and Hawkins (DD-873) with British
escort ship HMS Hart saved the crew and passengers of SS
Hong Kheng after the passenger ship had run aground on Chilang
Point some 8 miles north of Hong Kong. Six motorboats
from each warship
and two skiffs from Hong Kong
trips to rescue some 1
Myles C. Fox departed Yokosuka 23 September and reached
San Diego 8 October. After west coast operations and overhaul
she made another Far Eastern cruise
2 October-23 December
operating principally in the ocean approaches to Tsingtao
with fast carrier forces. She then operated out of San
Diego until sailing 2 May 1949 for a new home port
R.I. She had been redesignated a radar picket destroyer (DDR-829)
18 March 1949.
Following arrival Newport 23 May 1949
the ship served in the
North Atlantic for a year before getting underway from Norfolk
3 May 1960 for the Mediterranean. Her 6th Fleet operations
included simulated attack problems with submarines and other
fleet readiness exercises. She visited ports of France
cleared Gibraltar 1 October
and returned to Newport on the 10th.
Repairs in New York Naval Shipyard
convoy exercises to
and tactics in the Virginia Cape area kept her busy
until 20 March 1951 when she put to sea with a carrier striking
force that reached Gibraltar 6 April. She returned from this
Mediterranean cruise to Newport 4 October.
After working on the east coast for almost a year
out from Newport 26 August 1952 with a fast carrier striking
force built around Midway
(CVB-41) and Franklin D. Roosevelt
(CVB-42). This cruise took her to Greenock
into the Norwegian Sea as a unit of the NATO force guarding
the free world. She visited ports of the British Isles before
proceeding by way of Lisbon to the Mediterranean for another
tour with the powerful 6th Fleet
returning Newport 4 February
On 8 June 1953 Myles C. Fox left Norfolk on a midshipman
cruise that included good will calls at Rio de Janeiro and
Colombia. She debarked the midshipmen at the
Naval Academy 5 August and returned to Newport. For the
next 2 years she operated on the east coast and in the
Caribbean. She departed Newport 2 May 1955 for the
Mediterranean. After 3 months with the 6th Fleet
to Newport 25 August.
During the ensuing years
Myles C. Fox continued this pattern
alternating operations on the east coast and in the
Caribbean with 6th Fleet deployments. In 1961 she won the
Battle Efficiency "E
" and in 1964 her home port was changed to
Boston. That year the ship underwent FRAM I overhaul and
and she was redesignated DD-829 on 1 April.
The destroyer was assigned to the Gemini 8 recovery team 6
March 1966 and stationed in the eastern Atlantic. While off
the coast of Africa
she sped to the aid of Swedish freighter
M/V Palma which was a fire. For 3 days fire fighting teams
battled the blaze before Caloosahatchee (AO-98) and Charles P.
Cecil (DD-836) arrived to lend a hand. The combined efforts of
these U.S. Navy ships finally extinguished the flames
resumed steaming under her own power.
After DASH qualifications off the Virginia Capes
destroyer operated along the east coast until getting underway
for the Far East 4 October. Steaming via the Panama Canal
and the Philippines
the destroyer arrived off the
coast Of North Vietnam 7 January 1967. While in the war zone
Myles a. Fox delivered numerous fire support missions against
enemy ground forces and installations. Her guns also damaged
three enemy Junks and two Communist sampans. She headed
home on the second half of a round-the-world cruise 20
February and arrived Newport from Suez and Gibraltar 25
Myles C. Fox operated on the coast and in the Caribbean
during most of 1967. She entered Boston Naval Shipyard 26
September for overhaul through 31 January 1968.
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