Pfc. Cody Board, 19, (KIA) returning to N. Texas
Pfc. Cody A. Board, 19, of McKinney, Texas, died Oct. 4, just two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, at Mirwais, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.
His mother is in Dover AFB this evening awaiting her son’s arrival and to witness the dignified transfer of his remains back to the US.
Cody Board grew up in McKinney and attended McKinney North High School. Family members said he excelled in wrestling there. And even in the face of battle, Cody managed to put smiles on the faces of his fellow soldiers.
“He could’ve had any job in the Army, but he wanted to be an infantry man,” said Al Daley, Cody’s grandfather. “He wanted to be where the fighting was.”
Cody’s brother Aaron said he looked up to his big brother, and despite the tragic loss, Aaron said he plans to follow in his brother’s Army footsteps.
“He could always make me smile,” Aaron said. “He was following his dreams. Most kids dream about playing in the MLB, and he dreamed about being in the Army,” he said during a local TV station interview.
Aaron, a senior at McKinney North High School confirmed a candlelight vigil is scheduled for Friday night beginning at 7:00 PM across from the Board home, in the 2500 block of Cattleman in McKinney. The football team at McKinney High School will wear Cody’s initials on their helmets during Friday night’s football game.
Details of his homecoming to N. Texas will be forthcoming in the next few days.