A 22 year old Army soldier who spent part of his childhood in Bloomington Normal has died from injuries sustained in Andar, Afghanistan. Anthony Maddox passed away in Germany after being burned in a fuel truck accident. He attended Chiddix Junior High and two years of Normal Community High School before finishing High School in Texas. Maddox's father Jerome still lives in Bloomington and is an employee of State Farm Insurance. Jerome says his son had intended to make the army a career.
"And I was very proud of him. It did change him. It changed him during the four years, changed him from a young kid to a man. We definitely saw the transformation. He was able to look you in the eye and talk with you from that point on. I know it was a benefit to him and to us as well."
"He was able to become more of a leader. I know in his unit he was a leader of some younger men. And he would tell me about that that. He always talked about his advancement and moving to the next level."
Jerome Maddox says his son played Running Back, Safety, and Linebacker on the NCHS football team and even had a brief stint in an Arena football league in Texas before going into the service. He loved music, and talking with friends and had a wonderful smile. He says Anthony was only a few weeks away from being posted back to the states when the accident happened. His next posting would have been Hawaii.
As of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at least 2,114 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is two less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday. At least 1,752 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 127 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action. The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is three more than the department's tally. The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths. Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 19,005 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.
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