Cody Ford Honored

22 August 2009

Cody Ford Honored

San Antonio, TX, August 22


The 509th PIA, at their annual reunion, in San Antonio, Texas, presented Mr. Ford, father of Cody Ford, with a restoration of his son’s bronzed boots, beret, and uniform insignias.


Cody Ford was killed in Iraq, in 2006. His grave was defaced in January 2009, and we received the following request from the 3rd 509th:

JONES CREEK, Texas (January 21, 2009)—someone has stolen a memorial that topped the grave of a 21-year-old Texas soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2006.Last week, thieves hauled away a battle cross-created for Cody Ford's grave in Jones Creek, his bronzed jump boots, bronzed assault rifle and a bronzed helmet like the one he wore in Iraq. Authorities say even the bronzed base that supported the battle cross in Gulf Prairie Cemetery was stolen. The bronzed boots are the same jump boots that Ford, a U.S. Army specialist and member of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), wore when he graduated from paratrooper school. Brazoria County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Kincheloe said the vandals could face charges of felony theft and misdemeanor desecration of a venerated object. Ford was one of three soldiers who died on Dec. 10, 2006 when a homemade bomb detonated near their Humvee in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Command Sargeant Major, Doni Jones asked Phil Handscomb to help raise funds to restore the grave and to present Mr. Ford with a plaque bearing Cody’s bronzed jump boots, his beret, and his insignias and challenge coins.

Along with fundraisers in Rancho Mirage, a call went out to the 509ers in the association, and they were very generous with their time and money. Special Thanks go to Barry Simpson, Dewey Aldridge, Larry Voss, the 1st 509th from Ft. Polk, and the Coachella Valley airborne association. We also want to thank Anthony Annan, First Sgt., 3rd battalion 509th, and Matt Chambers for coordination and help with getting the required items for the plaque.