The USS Maddox
What greater honor to a family member's name than a Navy ship be named after him? The Navy christened THREE destroyers "Maddox" after Capt. William. A. T. Maddox, US Marine Corps of Charles, County, Md who served during the early to mid 1800's. The first USS Maddox sailed shortly after World War I. The other two served during WWII; one during Korea and pictured here is a sailor's painting of DD-173 which saw action in the Gulf of Tonkin, triggering the Vietnam war. See photos and the Story of the US Navy ships and the Soldier Named Maddox
Revolutionary era Maddoxes
Minutes taken in November 1774 "at a meeting of the inhabitants of Charles County Md. resolved that Notley Maddocke, with a number of other distinguished patriots, was appointed to represent and act for this County to carry into execution the association agreed upon by the American Continental Congress. Refers to Notley Maddox,died 1784, married to Elizabeth. Source: Fredonia Maddox Webster
To see what Maddox's we recognize so far their service against the British in 1812, click here. See Maryland Section under Christ Church for stories about the War of 1812 in Chaptico, MD and Francis Scott Key.
Maddox Rides with Quantrill's Raiders - story on guerilla war during the Civil War
Illinois Maddux at Vicksburg - detailed memoirs of a Union Colonel fm Illinois and Wichita
More Maddox Civil War Stories - General Lee writes about three Maddoxes; Maine Union Medal of Honor Winner
Confederate Maddoxes - Alabama Soldiers, and Tips on How to get War Records
Overview of the Civil War on the South - The War, Reconstruction, General Lee and Pres. Davis
Maddoxes Taming the Frontier - early to mid 1800s
Thomas John Claggett Maddox (1852-1885), son of James Thomas Notley Maddox and Briscilla Clagett of St. Mary's Md., was killed on patrol in New Mexico. Maddox was shot by two Apache Indians in an ambush near camp as a scouting party was about to start. He was riding near the front with his lieutenant when the first bullet wounded him. Source: Fredonia Maddox Webster
More than 5 million Allied serviceman and more than 3.3 million servicemen of the Central powers died of wounds, disease and other causes. It was a horrible war fought in Europe...where the technology of weapons exceeded the advances of medical care to rehabilitate the wounded. It was a war whose Armistice left Europe, especially Germany in economic shambles. Sadly, the war did not end well, even though it ended in victory for America and Britian. But its aftermath set the stage for yet another war, the second war. Click here to read how Maddox served in the first Great War of the twentieth century.
Only when the US was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in 1941, did America join what was already a bloody war both in Asia and Europe. This was the first war when millions of civilians were killed by invading armies. First declaring war against the Japanese for its infamous Dec 7, 1941 attack in Hawaii, the US quickly declared against Hitler of Germany and set about a two-theater world war by declaring against Hitler within days. The US set its priority to defend England which was under seige by Hitler. Once the European War was finally being won in 1944-45, did the US turn focus to defeating Japan in the Pacific. It did so after beating back the Japanese navy which first attacked Pearl harbor, and then by island hopping back to the Japanese homeland. While the war against Hitler Germany was fought primarily on land and in the air a mile at a time in Europe, the war with Japan was fought with naval and air campaigns that ended with the Atom Bomb being dropped over both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Hitler had already been defeated in a hard-fought land war. Japan gave up, only after it realized US technology in the new atomic age was no match, even for the Japanese which had pledged to defend its homeland to the last man.
Maddox sailor perishes aboard the
USS Arizona - at Pearl Harbor 1941.
We have no submissions yet of Maddoxes in the Korean War but some are included above.
Six Maddox Names are found on The Memorial Wall, including a Notley
The National Archives Center List of Vietnam War Casualties by State
Invitation to submit names
We are open for submissions here and invite you to do so by EMAIL to the Webmaster. This section is for good stories about people who carry the Maddox name by birth, marriage, or other. Yes, we're looking for war heroes or soldiers and sailors who gave their lives by bearing arms, or served with distinction, or in a famous campaign.
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