CODY, HOWARD RUDOLPH
Name: Howard Rudolph Cody
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 09/05/1934
Home City of Record: GULFPORT MS
Date of Loss: 24 November 1963
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 91055 North 1050914 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: B26 #35703
Other Personnel in Incident:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. Updated 2020
REMARKS: CREW REMAINS RECOVERED NO SIGN SUBJ
CACCF CRASH/PILOT MR 4 8 YRS United States Air Force
No further information available at this time.
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2003 18:53:05 -0400
While working on the incident on 11/24/63 where 4 Special Forces men were
captured (including Comancho), I ran into a AP article regarding 2 AF pilots
also shot down and missing that day. At first I thought that these were
intertwined, but found that it was two separate cases. Seeing that you
didn't have anything on Capt Cody, thought I'd pass this along to you.
Capt Howard R. Cody
KIA Vietnam, 24 November, 1963
The largest academic building at Keesler AFB is named after Capt Howard R.
Cody, a native Mississippian who was killed in Vietnam as a member of the
Air Commandos. On 24 Nov 1963 Capt Cody flying a B-26 Invader fighter bomber
while operating in support of ground operations against the Communist Viet
Cong near Ca Mau about 160 miles southwest of Saigon was Killed in Action.
Capt Cody encountered ground fire from hidden and entrenched machine guns.
Flying at low level to permit visual reconnaissance of the area he located
the gun positions and launched his attack. Despite being hit by ground fire
he continued to press the attack forcing the VC to reveal their gun
positions to other Air Force aircraft in the target area. On his last firing
pass over the target area Capt Cody's A-26 was again severely damaged by gun
fire causing it to go out of control and crash. The guns were destroyed as a
result of his actions. Capt Cody was posthumously awarded the Air Force
Cross and General Lemay presented it to his son, Randy in Washington, DC.
Capt Cody was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on 5 September, 1934. He
graduated from Gulfport High School, attended University of Southern
Mississippi and joined the Air Force in 1954. He entered the Aviation Cadet
program on 13 Feb., 1954 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt and a USAF pilot on
16 May, 1955. He spent his time in transports before getting into the
commandos. He was assigned to Air Rescue in Iceland in 1958 as a C-54 pilot
and received the Norwegian Medal of Valor, during this assignment, for his
part in the rescue of the motorship Polar Bjorn off Greenland. He
volunteered for the Jungle Jim, later to become the Air Commandos and
Special Operations, program in 1961. He was assigned as a transport pilot
first and later became a A-26 pilot. His awards include two(2) purple
hearts, air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Cross, Good Conduct
Medal, Natl Def Service Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He was
survived by his widow and three children.
Your list is missing the name of Atis Karlis Lielmanis who was in the aircraft with
Howard Rudolph Cody on 11/24/1963.
Here is the link to his page on the Vietnam Memorial Foundation web site;
NOTE: Lielmanis' remains were recovered at the time of the crash.