The USS Myles C. Fox (DD-829) served in the U.S. Navy for nearly three and a half decades in the mid-20th century. She was named for Lieutenant Myles Crosby Fox, a Marine who served in World War II. Myles C. Fox was laid down as a Gearing-class destroyer.
Myles C. Fox was laid down at Bath, Maine by the Bath Iron Works Corporation in August 1944, launched in January 1945, and commissioned in March with Commander John S. Fahy in command. Carrying a crew of 336, Myles C. Fox was 390 feet, six inches long and armed with six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Myles C. Fox arrived at Pearl Harbor in July 1945. En-route to the Marshall Islands in August, Myles C. Fox received word hostilities had ended, and continued on from Eniwetok to Japan. Myles C. Fox screened aircraft carriers during the occupation until January 1946, and arrived at San Diego Naval Shipyard in mid-April. Myles C. Fox returned to the Far East after a year of service on the west coast. In July 1947, the destroyer aided in the rescue of 1,800 passengers of SS Hong Kheng that ran aground near Hong Kong. Myles C. Fox returned to San Diego in October and, following another Far East cruise, was converted to radar picket destroyer DDR-829 in March 1949.
Myles C. Fox changed home ports to Newport, Rhode Island in May, spent the next year operating in the North Atlantic, and was deployed with the 6th Fleet to the Mediterranean in May 1950. Following a period of fleet exercises there, Myles C. Fox returned home in October. Myles C. Fox was deployed with NATO forces in the Norwegian Sea in 1952, embarked on training cruise in 1953 to South America, and then spent two years operating on the east coast and in the Caribbean.
Myles C. Fox completed an FRAM I overhaul, and was reclassified as DD-829 in October 1964. East coast, Caribbean, and 6th Fleet operations continued, and Myles C. Fox also served on the Gemini 8 recovery team in March 1966. Myles C. Fox operated in the North Vietnam war zone beginning in January 1967 and, after sailing around the world, arrived home in April. Decommissioned in October 1979, Myles C. Fox was transferred to Greece in 1980 and used for spare parts.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Myles C. Fox (DD-829)
Essentially every area of Myles C. Fox could expose crewmen to asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos insulation was employed in greater quantities in engineering sections of the ship, and was thus a greater danger to engineers, boilermen, and machinists. No sailor on Fox was completely safe from exposure. Workers overseeing her FRAM overhaul were similarly at risk.
There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. When asbestos fibers lodge in the mesothelium, they can cause scarring, tissue damage, and eventually, mesothelioma cancer. While sustained, high levels of exposure are most likely to have health consequences, asbestos disease has even been diagnosed in those with only second-hand exposure to asbestos dust. Anyone injured or made ill by the asbestos installed on Myles C. Fox may have legal recourse. Speak to a mesothelioma attorney today to protect your rights.Sources
Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-829.
NavSource Naval History. Myles C. Fox (DD-829).