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James Maddix [2005]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment; 146th Transportation Company, 7th Transportation Battalion, Army National Guard
  • Location of Service: Michigan; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Carson, Colorado; Logistics Support Area (LSA) Anaconda, Iraq
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/27736

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"There was only three attacks throughout the entire deployment where I actually had to engage the enemy.... And all three times it made me realize I am no Rambo; I'm more like Beetle Bailey." (Video Interview, 16:51)

After serving on active duty with the Army and then several years with the National Guard stateside, Sergeant James J. Maddix, Jr., suddenly found himself on his way to Iraq. Married with two children, he was forced to close his business in Michigan and move his family before he left. Maddix deployed with the 146th Transportation Company which provided such materiel as food, ammunition and tires to the troops. On three separate occasions his convoy was attacked by insurgents. During the last attack, just outside Fallujah, he questioned whether he was ever going to make it home alive again to see his family. While Maddix speaks modestly of how spoiled he was, living in a two-man trailer equipped with a PlayStation, DVD player, microwave, and other modern conveniences, he voices his appreciation for those less fortunate who served before him.

Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • James Joseph Maddix, Jr. Collection

Names

  • Randy Gladstone
  • Ferris, Dorothy I.
  • Maddix Jr., James Joseph
  • Mason Area Historical Museum

Home State

  • Michigan

Headings

  • -  Maddix Jr., James Joseph
  • -  Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment; 146th Transportation Company, 7th Transportation Battalion, Army National Guard
    • Location of Service: Michigan; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Carson, Colorado; Logistics Support Area (LSA) Anaconda, Iraq
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1993
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Video: Hi-8/Digital 8 [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2005-03-28)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2005-03-28; 2007-02-06)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/27736

Cite as

  • James Joseph Maddix, Jr. Collection (AFC/2001/001/27736), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Randy Gladstone, Dorothy I Ferris, James Joseph Maddix Jr, and Mason Area Historical Museum. James Joseph Maddix, Jr. Collection. 1993. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.27736/.

APA citation style:

Randy Gladstone, Ferris, D. I., Maddix Jr, J. J. & Mason Area Historical Museum. (1993) James Joseph Maddix, Jr. Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.27736/.

MLA citation style:

Randy Gladstone, et al. James Joseph Maddix, Jr. Collection. 1993. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.27736/>.