In November 2011, Chief Rick Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports to JPAC noting PFC Fox as a possible match to three "Tarawa Unknowns" in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) and recommended disinterment and identification. The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation later updated these reports and listed PFC Fox as one of only two most likely matches to Unknown X-117. After five years, the Department of Defense finally acted on Chief Stone's original recommendations and began exhumation of the "Unknowns" from the Punchbowl in October 2016. PFC Fox was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 4 April 2017. Official confirmation from DPAA that PFC Fox was X-117 is pending.
Abraham Lincoln said, "a nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure". The remaining family members of PFC Fox and all Americans should honor his sacrifice made on 20-11-1943 at Betio, ... more