CBS 11′s Jay Gormley Reports:
MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Pfc. Cody Board was one week short of his twentieth birthday when a roadside bomb took his life in Afghanistan.
Cody’s brother Aaron said he looked up to his big brother, and despite the tragic loss, Aaron said he plans to follow in his brother’s Army footsteps.
“He could always make me smile,” Aaron said. “He was following his dreams. Most kids dream about playing in the MLB, and he dreamed about being in the Army.”
Cody Board grew up in McKinney and attended McKinney North High School. Family members said he excelled in wrestling there. And even in the face of battle, Cody managed to put smiles on the faces of his fellow soldiers.
“He could’ve had any job in the Army, but he wanted to be an infantry man,” said Al Daley, Cody’s grandfather. “He wanted to be where the fighting was.”
A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Friday night across from the Board home, in the 2500 block of Cattleman in McKinney. The football team at McKinney High School will wear Cody’s initials on their helmets during Friday night’s football game.
Cody’s parents are in Dover, Del. Waiting for their son’s body to be flown back to the U.S.