Wesley Lee Fox was born on September 30, 1931 in Herndon, VA. He gave 43 years of his life to the service of the United States in her Marines from 1950 to 1993. He served two tours as an enlisted man during the Korean War. When I met him, he was the Commanding Officer of USMC Officer Candidates' School as a full Colonel. He had held every enlisted or officer rank from Private to Colonel with the exception of Sergeant Major across those 43 years.
Colonel Fox was a Marine legend when I met him. His legend comes from his actions during the Vietnam War on February 22, 1969 when, after his company found itself under heavy attack and he was twice wounded, he nonetheless led from the front, refused medical attention, and inspired his Marines to victory. And yes, for his courage and leadership that day he received our Nation's highest honor.
From Medal of Honor Citations for the Vietnam War (A-L):