LCDR George Emerson Cox, Jr

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LCDR George Emerson Cox, Jr

Birthplace: NY, United States
Death: January 09, 1972 (54-55)
Watertown, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Emerson Cox, Sr. and Frances Louise Cox
Husband of Mary Eaton Cox
Father of Private; Private; Private and Private
Brother of Elizabeth MacLeod Schmidt; Hollister Burton Cox and Robert Osborne Cox

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About LCDR George Emerson Cox, Jr

, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THEE (MTB-3), Motor Torpedo Boat FORTY-ONE (PT-41), in action against enemy forces on the night of 8 and 9 April 1942, in the Mindanao Sea, Philippine Islands. When two vessels of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE encountered hostile naval vessels on the night of 8 - 9 April, Ensign Cox, commanding the U.S.S. PT FORTY-ONE (PT-41) delivered an effective torpedo attack on an enemy cruiser at close range, in the known presence of another enemy vessel. Having expended all his torpedoes, he heroically attacked the cruiser with machine gun fire on its disengaged side so as to draw the hostile fire to his vessel and away from the second torpedo boat of his squadron to facilitate its delivery of a torpedo at close quarters.

Ensign Cox, perceiving that a second enemy ship was moving to engage his companion vessel, maneuvered his ship to divert the enemy attention, firing short bursts from his machine guns from various positions without regard to his own safety. This heroic exposure of his position permitted the successful deliver of the torpedo attack although it subjected his ship to heavy enemy fire.

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LCDR George Emerson Cox, Jr's Timeline

NY, United States
January 9, 1972
Age 55
Watertown, NY, United States
January 10, 1972
Age 55