by Gene Maddox, Johnson City, TN, great-nephew of the Maddox
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
seamen who died in the early morning Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,
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
Maddox and Victor Maddox.
Raymond enlisted in the Navy in June 1927 and served as a chief
Photos show Raymond Dudley Maddox in uniform (date and place
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,