Paul J Madden was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in September 1920. He graduated from mechanical Arts High School in Boston, where he first became interested in photography.
Madden enlisted in the US Navy in July 1940. After working for a time as a mechanic, he volunteered to be a photographer’s mate, providing documentation and aerial reconnaissance, predominately aboard the USS Essex in the Pacific Theater. He rose to the rank of Photographer’s Mate, First Class and received numerous naval decorations, including the Purple Heart, prior to his honorable discharge on July 6, 1946.
After the war, Madden entered the plumbing trade and eventually became the business manager of the Plumber’s Union Local 12, Boston, a position he held for many years. He was proud of the time he spent as a Navy photographer and has been generous with his collection. Through the years he has contributed numerous photos to naval reunion groups as a way to honor his fellow veterans.
He died on February 20, 2004. Paul Madden will not only be remembered for his photographs, but for his giving spirit and extraordinary sense of adventure.
We honor you, Paul Madden.