Voices Of Valor Charles Fox

Charles Fox, Grumman F4F Wildcat Pilot, WWII Pacific Theater. Charles enlisted in 1942 and went to Primary Flight Training at Ottumwa Naval Air Station in Ottumwa, Iowa. Onto Basic Flight Training in a Stearman SNJ Biplane and then to the Vultee BT-13 Valiant, better know as the "Vultee Vibrator." Then he was sent to Great Lakes Naval Air Station near Chicago, IL to fly the AT-6 Texan and Grumman F4F Wildcat, the Navy's frontline fighter. After more than a year of flight training, he was commissioned to the U.S.S Saratoga in the Pacific in 1943. He flew combat patrols, close air support and top-cover for John F. Kennedy and General Douglas MacArthur. In late October, 1944, he flew in the largest naval battle against the Japanese at Leyte Gulf. There, Japanese pilots introduced Kamikaze Missions against US ships. These were Japanese suicide missions that inflicted heavy damage on US Carriers and Battle Ships. He flew close air support for US Marines and flew by when they were raising the flag at Iwo Jima. When the war ended, he returned as a Navy Reservist, commanding Naval Air Station Minneapolis. Retired in 1956 after 14 years of military service.