Fox, Harry Albert 2018-02-27T15:40:19+00:00

Fox, Harry Albert

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Harry Albert Fox

Harry Albert Fox

Photos provided by Bill Christen, grandson of Harry Albert Fox.

Harry Fox was born in 1892 and lived in Toledo, Ohio. He worked as a baker. Harry joined the US Navy in June of 1917. He served as a baker on the USS Indiana. He eventually became one of the ships’ cooks and a Chief Commissary steward. When the war ended Harry made three cruises to Europe on the cargo ship the USS General Goethals to bring troops home.

After the Great War Harry continued his service in the National Guard and the US Army from 1925-1953 and served during World War II.

Harry Fox (far right) and Floyd Bowers (center) in their blue enlisted uniforms, 1919. The insignia on Harry's uniform show he was promoted to Chief Commissary Steward.

Harry Fox (far right) and Floyd Bowers (center) in their blue enlisted uniforms, 1919. The insignia on Harry’s uniform show he was promoted to Chief Commissary Steward.

Harry Fox (far right) with fellow sailors on the USS Indiana.

Harry Fox (far right) with fellow sailors on the USS Indiana.

Harry Fox (far left) and fellow bakers in their fatigue uniforms.

Harry Fox (far left) and fellow bakers in their fatigue uniforms.

 A caption on the back of the photo reads:

A caption on the back of the photo reads: “Doing a little outside work” with Harry Fox (far left), D. Mead, and Tony Schackment. Harry and Mead were both bakers on the USS Indiana.

Bakers who worked with Harry Fox on the USS Indiana.

Bakers who worked with Harry Fox on the USS Indiana.

Sailors watching a boxing match on the USS Indiana.

Sailors watching a boxing match on the USS Indiana.

Harry Fox (far right, front) and sailors swimming at Atlantic City.

Harry Fox (far right, front) and sailors swimming at Atlantic City.

Harry Fox (2nd left) and friends swimming at Atlantic City.

Harry Fox (2nd left) and friends swimming at Atlantic City.

Harry Fox (right) with sailors and local children at the beach in Atlantic City.

Harry Fox (right) with sailors and local children at the beach in Atlantic City.

Sailors on the USS Indiana covered in soot from coaling.

Sailors on the USS Indiana covered in soot from coaling.

Harry Fox (left) and shipmate. Harry is dressed in the winter uniform of Chief Commissary Steward.

Harry Fox (left) and shipmate. Harry is dressed in the winter uniform of Chief Commissary Steward.

Three sailors sitting on the upper deck of the USS Indiana. A note on the back of the picture reads:

Three sailors sitting on the upper deck of the USS Indiana. A note on the back of the picture reads: “taking a little air.”

Harry Fox (far left) and shipmates relaxing on deck the USS Indiana.

Harry Fox (far left) and shipmates relaxing on deck the USS Indiana.

Sailors celebrating a

Sailors celebrating a “clean sweep”, a successful mission of clearing enemy ships from the seas. A “clean sweep” was indicated by hanging a broom from a mast on the ship.

The USS Indiana Football team. Harry Fox is in the front row holding the team's mascot, a bulldog.

The USS Indiana Football team. Harry Fox is in the front row holding the team’s mascot, a bulldog.

Harry Fox (front, right) and shipmates on the USS Indiana.

Harry Fox (front, right) and shipmates on the USS Indiana.

Harry Fox (left) and shipmates relaxing on deck.

Harry Fox (left) and shipmates relaxing on deck.

On board the USS Indiana waiting for inspection.

On board the USS Indiana waiting for inspection.

Some of the USS Indiana's officers. Most of the men pictured held the rank of Ensign, the rank just below Lieutenant.

Some of the USS Indiana’s officers. Most of the men pictured held the rank of Ensign, the rank just below Lieutenant.

A group of sailors on the USS Indiana dressed in their undress whites.

A group of sailors on the USS Indiana dressed in their undress whites.

Harry Fox (left) and friend. Harry is dressed in his undress white uniform after helping with coaling.

Harry Fox (left) and friend. Harry is dressed in his undress white uniform after helping with coaling.

Three sections of armed sailors marching through a city.

Three sections of armed sailors marching through a city.

A group of sailors in their clean white uniforms standing on deck the USS Indiana.

A group of sailors in their clean white uniforms standing on deck the USS Indiana.

Sailors on deck the USS Indiana.

Sailors on deck the USS Indiana.

The USS Indiana.

The USS Indiana.

Signal flags on the USS Indiana.

Signal flags on the USS Indiana.

Armaments on the USS Indiana.

Armaments on the USS Indiana.

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This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.