Port Arthur soldier dies in accident

Army Specialist Anthony Maddox

 

UPDATE: The arrival date of the body of Specialist Maddox at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2. at 9 a.m. Due to construction the procession route has been altered.  Upon arrival, Specialist Maddox will be escorted to Gabriel Funeral Home via the following route:

 

• Leave Jack Brooks Regional Airport

*Right on 18th Street (Pass in front of Nederland High School) *Right on Canal *Left on 20th Street *Right on Helena

• Left on 21st Street (Pass in front of Nederland Bulldog Stadium)

• Left on Nederland Avenue

• Right on Twin City Highway

• Right on Gulfway Drive

• Left on Woodworth

• Right on Proctor (Terminate at Gabriel Funeral Home, 2500 Proctor, Port Arthur)

Individuals that live or have a business along this route are asked to display an American Flag in Maddox's honor.The service is tentatively scheduled for  Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 3920 West Cardinal Drive, Beaumont.

Additional information will be forwarded as it becomes available.

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Army Specialist Anthony Maddox, 22, of Port Arthur died Monday, July 22, in what family members said they were told was a work-related fuel explosion in Afghanistan that left him burned over 97 percent of his body. 

A 10th Mountain Division soldier with the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team in Landstuhl, Germany, Maddox died of a non-combat related incident that occurred while deployed in Andar, Afghanistan, according to an Army press release. Maddox was a petroleum supply specialist and fueled vehicles. 

According to the Army’s website, petroleum supply specialists “are responsible for supervising and managing the reception, storage and shipping of bulk or packaged petroleum-based products.” 

Maddox received his 10-week basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. 

Staff Sergeant Maria Teresa Alvarenga, Maddox’s drill instructor in the Delta Company 3rd Platoon Coyotes 2-10 Infantry R e g i m e n t , described Maddox as “a very quiet kid” who was well-respected by his unit. 

“He was a great man, soldier and friend,” said Alvarenga, who explained that Maddox would correspond with her from time to time after graduating from basic and even jokingly called her his “Army mom.” 

Alvarenga said Maddox had set substantial goals for his military career. 

“He passed his board for sergeant,” she said. “He was working on gathering his points to actually get promoted. He wanted to re-class to be an infantryman. His dream was to be a Ranger and go into the special forces.” 

After training at Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Lee, Va., he arrived at Fort Drum, N.Y., in July 2011. Maddox deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January 2013. 

“When he got his orders to deploy, he e-mailed me very excited because he would get to see combat and gain so much experience from there,” Alvarenga said. 

Ronald Key, Maddox’s stepfather, said he saw his stepson this past Christmas and had expected Maddox to return home again for leave in August. Key said Maddox planned on making a career of the Army. 

“He loved it,” Key said. 

Key said that Maddox played football as a linebacker and defensive lineman for Nederland High School, where he graduated in 2009. 

Key described his stepson as a great leader and a people person. 

“He was a person who loved people,” Key said. “He had a great personality. When he walked into a room, he would electrify a room with his smile. He would stand out in the middle of a crowd because of his personality.” 

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Maddox and his family moved to Southeast Texas. Key said Maddox joined the Job Corps after graduating from high school, but wasn’t satisfied with any of the positions and had higher hopes. He joined the Army in 2011. 

Alvarenga said Maddox had expressed excitement to her because after his deployment in Afghanistan, he was scheduled to be transferred to Hawaii. 

Maddox’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. 

Key said the family is waiting for Maddox’s body to be returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where there will be a procession. The funeral will be held at Gabriel Funeral Home at 2500 Procter St. in Port Arthur. Call (409) 983-6661 for more information. Visit www.theexaminer.com for updates as they become available. 

Maddox is survived by his father, mother, stepfather, two brothers, three sisters and other relatives. 

The incident that took Maddox’s life is still under investigation, the Army press release states. 

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