First Lieutenant William De Brece Cody
First Lieutenant William De Brece Cody was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from the Infantry Officer Candidate School class 70-67 on 13 December, 1967. His first duty assignment was as a Platoon Leader, Company B, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.
In July of 1968, First Lieutenant Cody deployed with his unit to the Republic of Vietnam. While serving as a Platoon Leader during an attempt by his company to capture the key terrain feature overlooking the infiltration route of a North Vietnamese Regiment just south of the Demilitarized Zone, First Lieutenant Cody distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions at the cost of his own life on 27 March, 1969.
His military education consists of the United States Army Infantry Officer Candidate School.
His military awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Expert Badge with rifle and automatic rifle bars.