ANTHONY DAVID SOX, S1c

 

Memorial services and a Solemn High Mass were held in St. Joseph’s Church at ten o’clock in honor of S 1/c Anthony David Sox. Seaman Sox was killed in action while serving on the USS Sigsbee DD-502, a destroyer, after a Jap suicide plane crashed into the ship April 14, 1945, near Okinawa. Seaman Anthony Sox was born in South Renovo, January 17, 1920, the son of Mrs. Mary Sox and the late Michael Sox.  He attended St. Joseph’s  School before entering the CCC Camps. Before enlisting in the U.S. Navy September 1942, Seaman Sox was employed by the Star Enamel Company of McKees Rocks, PA and American Aluminum Company, Detroit, Mich.

Upon completing his basic training at the Great Lakes Navel Training Station, he successfully passed a course in fire control man with an excellent average. He was assigned as gunner’s mate on the USS Sigsbee, March 25, 1943. He was engaged in eight major battles in the Pacific.

The only personal article belonging to Seaman Sox that were found after the suicide attack, were his ring, watch and dog tags.  These were sent to his mother by gunner’s mate 1/c Charles Snyder, his personal friend on board ship, who last spoke to Seaman Sox while he was in sick  bay where he had undergone an operation for a cyst on his arm.

On Oct 27, 1945 Paul Sox visited the USS Sigsbee while it was anchored in Marine terminal at Camden, N.J. and was escorted through the ship by some of the ship’s personnel and was presented pictures taken by them and also a piece of the ship’s flag to be given to his mother. (From Tony Sox nephew, Tony's Album September 2010.)

[The day the family learned that Tony Sox had died, Brother Paul Sox was the one that had to tell his mother of her sons passing. Colette Trader furnished the following information pending obtaining a copy of the original obituary.]

Anthony David (Tony) Sox, S1c serving aboard the Destroyer USS Sigsbee dd-502, was listed as "missing in action" after the ship was damaged while under air attack by 20 kamikaze planes on April 14, 1945 near Okinawa.

Tony was born January 17, 1920 to Mary and Michael Sox. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church and School in Renovo, Pa. In addition to his parents, Tony was survived by four Sisters; Ann Sox Molchan, Sophie Sox Roman, Katie Sox Tomchick and Mary Sox Tomchick, and four Brothers; Joseph Sox, John W. Sox, Paul Thomas Sox and Michael Sox.

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Webmaster's Notes: Anthoney David Sox enlisted in the US Navy Dember 17, 1942 at Detroit, MI, service number 651 33 34. Tony Sox, S2c was received aboard the USS Sigsbee DD-502 March 25, 1943 from Receiving Station Norfolk. VA. Tony advanced to S1c December 10, 1942. He served with honor on the DD-502, 2 years and 21 days. Tony was a great friend and shipmate admired by all who knew him. He was killed in action April 14, 1945 near Okinawa. Our bunks were in the same rack just aft of Gun 5 upper handling room. Our deepest sympathy to the Sox family. . . Billy Robertrs