Cody A. Board was born in an Army hospital Oct. 12, 1990, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Board’s father said his son decided on serving in the Army, just like his father, uncle and grandfather.
Board attended McKinney North High School in Texas, where he placed in the top five at wrestling regionals in the 130-pound weight class. He also was part of the school’s cross-country track team. His father, a West Point graduate and Desert Storm Veteran, urged his son to explore all military options when he graduated from high school in 2009.
After basic and advanced individual training, Board served with 3rd Platoon, Apache Company, First Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, in Vilseck, Germany. He died Oct. 4, 2010, insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Board died at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after he succumbed to his wounds. He was just short of his 20th birthday.
Board posthumously received a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.
He is interred at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Oklahoma, Section 3, Site 977.
We honor his service.
As it did last year, this year National Cemetery Administration is collaborating with Carry The Load for Memorial Day to honor fallen Veterans. Both NCA and Carry The Load are honoring select “Veterans of the Day” with remembrances on social media during May.
Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay
Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.
It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.
Graphic artist: Steve Ellmore