Born in Hamilton, Virginia, Fuller was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1916, and was commissioned in the Marine Corps upon graduation. Captain Fuller was killed in action in the Battle of Belleau Wood in France June 12, 1918 during World War I.
According to his citation he died while fearlessly exposing himself in an artillery barrage in order to get his men into a safer position. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the Army for his selfless sacrifice for his men.
The destroyer USS Fuller (DD-297) was named for him.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
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