LTC Joseph H Fox was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/19/1986 at the age of 57.8 from Liver complications
Glendale, AZ
Date of Birth 05/28/1928
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 221 AVN in 65-66
Call sign in Vietnam SHOTGUN 6
This information was provided by Daniel Fox (son), SSN search

More detail on this person: My dad retired in 1972 after his last tour in Vietnam. In 1980 My mom passed away from cancer at the age of 49. In 1981 he had moved down to Arizona and married Jane McGrath ( nice lady ). My dad passed away in March of 1986. As for my father's military career. He joined the Army in 1946 or 47. He was in the infantry in Korea before the war, working his was way up to the rank of sergeant. He then attended Indiana University and was in the ROTC program. Upon graduation he reentered the active army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the field artillery.He was in route to Korea for his 2nd tour when the cease fire went into affect. He was in Korea for 18 months at that time. He was never a pilot in Korea. After returning to the states he went on to flight school, first fixed wing and then choppers. He learned to fly Hueys in 1964. He served his first tour in Nam from 1965 to 1966. During that time he was the company commander ( shotgun six ) for the 221st Aviation Company. Dad had a Huey he was flying get hit with a crossbow bolt into the tail section. My dad was not one to talk about Vietnam that much. It was only after I enlisted that we spoke allot about it. And he was not a bull shitter. He was never shot down. Dad served a 2nd tour in Nam from 1970 to 1971. He was up in Long Ving I can't remember which unit. Unfortunately dad did have a problem with alcohol. Some of the things he experienced in Vietnam and the friends he lost there took a toll on him. He also was hit hard by how soldiers were treated back then. Losing my mom at a time when they were really going to enjoy retirement also hit him hard. After he married Jane he quit drinking for about three years. During the last year of his life alcohol creeped back in and he died of Liver complications. I was at his side when it happened. He owned a 1953 Buick with a straight eight. The car had belonged to my grandfather. I said dad never bull shitted but he did have a great sense of humor. He used to say that the rotor blade on a huey was there to keep the pilot cool because whenever it stopped turning it really made the pilot sweat.

From: Daniel Fox

Joseph H. Fox, 57, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, died March 19, 1986, at Humana Hospital Desert Valley. Mr. Fox, of Glendale, was born in Terre Haute, Ind., and moved to Arizona in 1980 from Minnesota. He was an Army pilot in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit Award, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Meritorious Unit Citation. He was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church, American Legion, retired Officer's Association and the Veterans of Foreign War. Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughter, Mary Lynne Baker; son, Daniel; stepchildren, Suzanne Stobo, Brian McGrath, Sean McGrath, Harold McGrath and Edward McGrath; a brother; and 14 grandchildren. Sunland Mortuary, Sun City, made arrangements.

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