NAME: Philip Cody Ford
PLACE OF BIRTH: Freeport, Texas
DATE OF BIRTH: 30 Jul 1985
HOME OF RECORD:
DATES OF SERVICE: 20 Oct 2004 to 10 Dec 2006
UNIT ASSIGNED: Company C, 3rd BN, 509th (ABN)
CAMPAIGNS: Operation Iraqi Freedom
AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge
SUMMARY OF SERVICE:
30 Jul 1985 - SPC Philip C. Ford was born in Freeport, TX
2004 - Graduated High School
20 Oct 2004 - He enlisted in the United States Army
He graduated One Station Unit Training as an 11B Infantryman from D Company, 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Upon completion of One Station Unit Training, he was assigned to the Ranger Indoctrination Training Detachment.
23 Apr 2005 - Cody and Margi married
16 Jun 2005 - he arrived at C Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne)
00 Oct 2006 - he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
While deployed with 3-509th Infantry (Airborne) he was attached to Task Force 1-26 where he participated in numerous combat operations and patrols in Eastern Baghdad in support of Operation Together Forward II. SPC Ford was an integral part of the team, dedicated to mission accomplishment, and displayed unwavering courage and commitment.
10 Dec 2006 - SPC Philip C. Ford was Killed in Action when an improvised explosive device detonated next to his HUMVEE in Baghdad. Also killed were SGT Brennan C. Gibson and PFC Shawn M. Murphy
SPC Philip C. Ford is buried at Gulf Prairie Cemetery, Jones Creek, TX
Spc. Philip C. Ford, 21, of Freeport, Texas, was an infantryman who joined the Army in October 2004. Ford, died when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
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