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USS Arizona

by Gene Maddox, Johnson City, TN, great-nephew of the Maddox sailor

Raymond D. Maddox, Chief Electricians Mate, United States Navy
, perished aboard the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941.  Raymond's name is found on the Arizona Memorial Wall in Hawaii.  His is the first name in the M section of the memorial, commemorating more than one thousand seamen who died in the early morning Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which triggered US entry into World War II.

The seaman was born 7/28/1910 near Owensboro, Ky.  Raymond's father was Perry Dudley Maddox, son of Elijah Maddox, who was the son of Samuel Maddox.  His mother was Dorothy Lashbrook.  Raymond's wife's name was Peggy and they had two children, presumably Sandra Maddox and Victor Maddox.

Raymond enlisted in the Navy in June 1927 and served as a chief electrician's mate. 

Photos show Raymond Dudley Maddox in uniform (date and place unknown),  the wall memorial in Hawaii, the Arizona on trial manoevers, 1918, and finally, the famous picture of the Arizona after her forward magazines exploded during the attack. 

(Pictures credited to: US Navy and USS Arizona Memorial, National Park Service.)