MCKINNEY, TX, US
U. S. Army
PFC, TF DRAGOON, A CO., 1ST SQD, 2D SCR
10/04/2010, KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Private First Class Cody Allen Board died on October 4, 2010 in Mirwais, Afghanistan after he succumbed to wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 2w Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. His Awards and Decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the National Defense Medal. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Nineteen year old Cody was from McKinney, Texas. He attended McKinney North High School, where he placed in the top five Wrestling regionals in the 130 pound weight class. He also was part of their cross country track team. Cody joined the Army soon after graduation and had been interested in military service as a youngster. He understood this cause and so did the members of his family who served before him.
They were willing to put their lives on the line and he realized it was his turn. Cody’s turn came following his graduation from McKinney North High School, a turn he had been waiting to take since he was a child. All knew when he entered the service that he would probably be in Iraq or Afghanistan. All were concerned, but everyone knew that this was what he wanted to do and in the end, there was no stopping him. Members of the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders also attended the service to watch over Cody’s body and family as they travel to Oklahoma for Cody’s final resting place with the help of their Oklahoma chapter.
Cody was honored with the presence of friends, family, military representatives and the Patriot Guard escort. His family was also presented the Golden Spur symbolizing his combat cavalry service to his nation. He leaves his father Christopher W. Board, his mother Melissa Board, 2 brothers Aaron and Tyler.
“You were part of the greatest Army on Earth,” Cody’s brother Tyler said in a letter addressed to Cody. “Now you are part of the greatest Army of all.”