Lt. Kenneth G. Maddox was born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 6, 1919. He enlisted in the US Army in 1941 and in 1943 his unit, the 28th Division, was stationed in the Pembrokeshire region of Wales. In July 1944, Lt. Maddox was sent to the front lines in France. He spent the next five months fighting through France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.
While most of Lt. Maddox's letters home to his parents or brother and sister-in-law were generally positive. However in a letter to his parents sent on November 23, 1944 Lt. Maddox wrote, “At times it seemed absolutely impossible for me to come through a day with being injured or killed but I survived.”
A letter written by Capt. Clyde Collins to Lt. Maddox’s family on September 19, 1945. “He [Lt. Maddox] was the type that won all our battles, that made the invasion in France and penetrated the Siegfried line and finally defeated the Germans...I trust this country will remember them by doing her best to prevent ever again any such conflict as we have just gone through.”
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Preferred citation: [Identification of item]. Kenneth G. Maddox Papers, 1930-1985, MSS 38, Kentucky Historical Society.