Virgil Cox enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 19 March 1943.
He received his basic training at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Served on the following ships:
USS NASHVILLE (CL-43)
USS GAMBIER BAY (CVE-73), 1st Division, 28 December 1943 until sinking
Freight Barge YFN-742 at Rough and Ready Island, Stockton, California
According to his service record, he participated in the following campaigns:
Occupation of Marianas, 14 June to 2 August 1944.
Occupation of Peleliu, Palau, 15 September to 21 September 1944.
Occupation of Leyte, Philippines, 20 October to 25 October 1944.
Was entitled to the following awards:
Combat Action Ribbon (Pub.L. 106-65, Section 564)
Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with bronze star
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Medal (ALNAV 104-44)
World War 2 Victory Medal
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon
Philippine Liberation Medal
Virgil Cox was honorably discharged at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois on 14 December 1945. He was a life-long resident of Marenisco, Gogebic County, Michigan.