Presented at the
Conference on Black Americans in World War II
9 September 1992
Lt. John R. Fox was a member of the all-black
366th Infantry Regiment
of the United States Army during World War
II. In December, 1944, he was the forward observer for an artillery unit
in Italy when his position was over run by German infantry. He called
down fire on his own position in order to stop the German advance, and
turned the tide of the battle.
After over 40 years, with full honors in a ceremony at Ft.
Devens, MA, his widow received his posthumously awarded
Distinguished Service Cross.
This is a speech given by
my father in 1992. He had
the original typed into a neighbor's word processor and printed
double-spaced with a Courier font. The disk file was subsequently
A year later, I had a copy scanned and run through OCR (Optical
Character Recognition) software to create an ASCII text file. I then
used WordPerfect for Windows to reformat the document. (I also used a
spell checker and a grammatical analyzer.)
I have recently acquired a scanner for my PC. My father loaned
me a copy of the yearbook for the 366th that
was created in 1941. I managed to locate photographs of a dozen of the
people mentioned in the speech, and have added digital images to the
WordPerfect version of the speech.
[ A recent story in the
Boston Globe (29-Apr-96)
reports that Lt. John R. Fox
will be among seven black heroes from World War II
who shall receive the Medal of Honor
after fifty years of neglect. -=DAH=- 10-May-96 ]
Last update: 1998-10-20