The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
A local soldier who died from a non-combat injury while serving overseas is remembered as an unselfish person who was well respected.
Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, of Port Arthur, died July 22, in Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Andar, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Maddox and his family moved to the area from Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He is a 2009 graduate of Nederland High School.
Nederland High School Athletic Director and Head Coach Larry Neumann said Maddox played for two years in the football program.
“What I remember about Anthony vividly is that he was very unselfish, easy to coach. He was a very tough kid in the best sense of the word,” Neumann said via phone Tuesday. “I’ve had the privilege of coaching many young men who chose military after high school and am proud to say that if ever there was a prototype of a person to serve the county, it was him.”
Neumann said he was distressed by the news of Maddox’s death. The coach highly respected the young man.
“He was kind of a quiet guy. His teammates respected him a great deal and I certainly did,” he said of the young man who was on special teams and some defense. “My prayers go out to him and his family.”
Maddox’s Facebook page shows comments about exercise and bodybuilding. A call to his aunt was not returned by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Maddox was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.