| West Virginian fights
in the Pacific
Carl Owen Maddox, born in 1922 in Jackson County, West
enlisted into the U. S. Navy on 15 March 1944 and after training was
to the U. S. S. West Virginia, Battleship BB-48. The West
Virginia was badly damaged in the attack at Pearl Harbor, was towed to
the shipyards at Bremerton, Washington and re-built. Carl was sent
to Bremerton, Washington were he boarded the West Virginia for his
term of service.
The U. S. S. West Virginia was laid down on 12 April 1920 by
the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News,
Her battery consisted of 9 16 inch guns, 5 inch guns, 40 mm guns and 20
mm guns. The 16 inch shells had a weight of between 2,000 to 2,600
pounds and 700 pounds of black powder was used to fire each round.
was a Petty Officer, EM3, his service number was 928-78-59 and his main
duty station on the West Virginia was in main battle plot in
Carl was involved in the following battles, Leyte Gulf, Surigao Straits,
Mindora, Luzon, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, all major battles in the pacific.
At the battle of the Surigao Straits the West Virginia fired
16 inch guns and was given credit for the sinking of a Japanese
this taking place on 24 October 1944 at 0352 hours.
The U. S. S. West Virginia was struck by a Japanese Kamikaze
Plane on 1 April 1945 at Okinawa. The Kamikaze Plane broke apart,
the bomb broke from the shackle and penetrated through two decks, but it
did not explode. The motor from the plane penetrated several decks,
just above where Carl was stationed. The attack caused a fire and
four crewmembers were killed and seven were wounded. The proud crew
buried their dead at sea and went back to fire support, firing 16 inch
shells into the beaches of Okinawa in support of the landing forces.
At the end of the war (15 August, 1945) the U. S. S. West Virginia
sailed into the harbor at Tokyo Bay and was on station for the surrender
on 2 September, 1945. During the war, the U. S. S. West Virginia
sailed for a total of 71,615 miles. The Wee-Vee, a name used by the
crew of the U. S. S. West Virginia was awarded 5 battle stars for her
in World War II.
Carl was discharged from active duty on 18 January 1946 to reserve
status. He was awarded the following medals for his service to his
country. Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 stars, Asiatic Pacific
Medal with 4 stars, American Area Medal and the Victory Medal.
At the end of the war, Carl returned to Washington County, Ohio
where he married Edna L. Ingraham and he worked for the Union Carbide
Carl is now retired and lives on the Maddox Family Farm with his wife
sons, Rodney Carl and Jerrold Lee Maddox.
Carl Owen Maddox was born 15 September 1922 in Jackson County,
West Virginia to George William and Laura Estelle (Robbins) Maddox and
he is a direct descendant of Samuel (Madoc) Maddox. Carl Owen Maddox 10,
George William Maddox 9, John Amos Maddox 8, George C. Maddox 7, William
Oscar Maddox 6, Matthew Maddox, Jr. 5, Matthew Maddox, Sr. 4, John
3, Notley Maddox 2 and Samuel (Madoc) Maddox 1.
Submitted by Rodney Carl Maddox
Washington County, Ohio
|Marijon Maddox, served as USNR
Naval District, Pearl Harbour, Daughter of Mr and Mrs John D. Maddox, CA
William Notley Maddox, Sgt., Asiatic and Pacific theaters,
discharged Nov 18 1945
Byron C. Maddox, MAJ. pilot, US Air Corps Instructor, US,
discharged Nov 1945, US Air Force Reserve, Berlin Blockade through
Discharged 1965, Kansas City Mo.
Alex Hudson Maddox , Pharm 2nd, USN Meidcal Corp, Asiatic
Pacific Theaters, Discharged Oct 1945.
Charles Cameron Maddox, 30th Infantry, European Theater, 3
of Chas Baker Maddox, la Grange GA.
Wm Maddox Pearson, Medical Dept 1st Lt, US, Discharged
W. Point GA.
Fountain Alexander Maddox III, USN Air Corp, bombadier,
Co, ALA, son of Fountain Maddox II, Discharged Dec 1918,
both US service.