The 366th Infantry Regiment and Lt. John R. Fox
by Capt. Dennette A. Harrod, Sr. - U.S. Army, Retired

Presented at the
Conference on Black Americans in World War II
9 September 1992

The U.S. Army War College
Carlisle Barracks
, PA 17013


Lt. John R. Fox was a member of the all-black 366th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army during World War II. In December, 1944, he was the forward observer for an artillery unit in Italy when his position was over run by German infantry. He called down fire on his own position in order to stop the German advance, and turned the tide of the battle. After over 40 years, with full honors in a ceremony at Ft. Devens, MA, his widow received his posthumously awarded Distinguished Service Cross.

This is a speech given by my father in 1992. He had the original typed into a neighbor's word processor and printed double-spaced with a Courier font. The disk file was subsequently misplaced. A year later, I had a copy scanned and run through OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to create an ASCII text file. I then used WordPerfect for Windows to reformat the document. (I also used a spell checker and a grammatical analyzer.)

I have recently acquired a scanner for my PC. My father loaned me a copy of the yearbook for the 366th that was created in 1941. I managed to locate photographs of a dozen of the people mentioned in the speech, and have added digital images to the WordPerfect version of the speech.

-=DAH=- 26-Mar-95

Full text of the speech

[ A recent story in the Boston Globe (29-Apr-96) reports that Lt. John R. Fox will be among seven black heroes from World War II who shall receive the Medal of Honor after fifty years of neglect. -=DAH=- 10-May-96 ]
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