Tennessee National Guardsman Killed in Iraq

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

Nashville (WVLT) - The Tennessee National Guard is mourning the death of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Staff Sergeant Stephen Roosevelt Maddies, 41, of Elizabethton, died July 31st from wounds suffered in an small arms attack near Baghdad.

Staff Sgt. Maddies was assigned to the 473rd Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar Platoon in Columbia.

According to a news release, Staff Sgt. Maddies deployed to Iraq in 2004 with Bristol's F Troop, 2/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and volunteered to return as part of the 473rd C-RAM platoon in 2006.

The C-RAM platoon*s mission is to track and identify incoming enemy rocket, artillery and mortar attacks.

Staff Sgt. Maddies had spent 20 years in the military.

"We are greatly saddened at the loss of this true Tennessee
Volunteer," said Major General Gus Hargett, Jr., Tennessee*s Adjutant General.

"Every heart goes out to the family of this outstanding soldier. No mere words can fill the gap left by such a loss. He volunteered to serve his state and nation, and he died a patriot. He will not be forgotten."

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  • by Tommy Location: Jackson, TN on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    I had the distinct honor of serving as PSG/1SG for SSG Maddies and the C-RAM Platoon. In the short time I was with SSG Maddies he had impressed me with his total dedication to the TNARNG and any mission that was undertaken. He is missed daily. Anyone posting, please send me an email. Let's honor SSG Maddies by keeping his memory alive in our hearts. Good bless you, SSG Maddies; I hope to meet you again.
  • by Christina Location: Brighton, TN on May 21, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    My husband served with SSG Maddies with the 473rd and on behalf of myself a Family Readiness Leader and the entire Unit that deployed with him, We give our greatest sympothy, and thoughts to his family. He was a wonderful and kind man, and a great soldier and will always be remembered as a hero to all that served with him and all that met him.
  • by Jim Shirley Location: Iraq on Mar 24, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    I met Steve when I was doing a security installation in the Green Zone and we immediately became great friends. Steve and his unit left Iraq and shortly thereafter rejoined me and the C-RAM team back in Iraq. He believed that it was a little safer working with the C-RAM team. I just don't know if all in Elizabethton realize what a fine person and NCO/soldier that Steve was. He was one of the finest individuals that I have ever met. His family should be very proud of him and the job that he did. He worked on a program that saved many lives in Iraq. My condolences go to his friends and family. Like I previously stated, he was a fine person and will be missed by all. I have lost my brother. Jim Shirley C-RAM RSC Manager Camp Anaconda, Iraq
  • by James Location: Fort Bliss on Aug 6, 2007 at 02:27 PM
    I meant SSG Maddies two days before he died when I visited his unit as a C-RAM mobile training team. He was motivated and was dedicated his mission. He was what an Non-Commissioned Officer should strive to be His platoon set the standard on how other C-RAM units should operate. My prayers will be with his family and friends
  • by Leon Location: Bristol TN on Aug 2, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    I served with him over there. He was a great guy and will be missed!


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