LCpl Cody Robert Stanley
  • 21 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 17, 1987
  • Date of passing: Oct 28, 2009
Let the memory of Cody be with us forever

Marine Lance Cpl. Cody R. Stanley, 21, of Rosanky, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died Oct. 28 while supporting combat operations in Now Zad, Afghanistan. He was home in September of 2009 for his pre-deployment leave for the Afghanistan deployment. While he was home he spent time with family and friends. When he left for 29 Palms, everyone's hearts were full. Cody sacrificed his life for our country and died while doing his job. His family is so very proud of his courage, bravery, and honor. Cody was preceded in death by his grandfather Larry Stanley, Sr. He is survived by his parents; brother, Cade Stanley; grandparents, Anne Stanley, David and Kitty Braley; great-grandmother, Lela Miles; aunts and uncles, Larry and Kathy Stanley, David and Stephanie Braley, James and Sarah Stanley, and Colin and Kimberly Braley; and cousins, Maggie, Trace, Dallas, Cameron, Evan, Rylee, Christy, Cassi, Anthony, Jacqueline, and Zachary.


Sunday, November 01, 2009 

Lance Cpl. Cody Stanley, a 21-year-old Marine who died last week in Afghanistan, grew up on a ranch in Rosanky, near Smithville. 

A childhood friend, Ron Hammons, 22, remembers Stanley as a "genuinely nice kid" whose father worked at Double D Ranch. Hammons said he and Stanley often went fishing and hunting together when they became friends in fifth grade. As they got older, they grew closer and even talked about enlisting in the military together. 

Hammons took another path, working for an air conditioning company. Stanley joined the Marine Corps just months after he graduated from Smithville High School in 2006. 

Stanley died Wednesday in the Helmand province of Afghanistan after an improvised explosive device went off near him, Camp Pendleton officials said in a statement. He was a rifleman with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, which is based at Twentynine Palms, Calif. According to the Marine Corps Times, Stanley's military awards included the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon and the National Defense Service medal. 

"At first, his death really wasn't real to me," Hammons said. "Just a month ago, he stayed at the house before he went on his second tour. I remember him saying he didn't have a good feeling about this time, and none of us thought much about it. It didn't even cross our mind that he might get killed." 

Stanley is survived by his parents and a younger brother, Cade. Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Stanley came from a group of kids whom Tony Quitta, an English teacher who has been teaching at Smithville High for more than 20 years, called "our cowboys, our country boys." He said he remembered Stanley as an "extremely polite, hard-working" student who loved the outdoors. 

"We all did a bunch of hunting and fishing, so we'd get through the lessons as fast as we could on Monday mornings so we could exchange hunting and fishing stories," Quitta said. 

Quitta said that Stanley had figured out late in his senior year that he wanted to be a Marine. 

"He had no qualms about who he was and what he was doing, and he truly believed in what he did," Quitta said. "I'll miss him, but I'm thankful he was out there fighting for us. He was an honorable kid." 

Local Marine Laid to Rest
Updated: Friday, 06 Nov 2009, 6:17 PM CST
Published : Friday, 06 Nov 2009, 6:17 PM CST

Austin, TX ( - Friends and family said a final good-bye to Lance Cpl. Cody Stanley on Friday. His funeral was held at the First Baptist Church in Smithville. So many people showed up to pay their respects that the crowd overflowed into a separate building. The decorated Marine was killed October 28 while serving his country in Afghanistan.

"He was doing what he wanted to do, he was doing his job, we feel blessed that he was ours for almost 22 years," said his mother Wendi Stanley.

One after another, childhood friends and fellow marines shared stories of Stanley's courage and character.

"He was never afraid of hard work, if ever a time you needed help, Cody would be there," said Kyle Hammons.

Dozens of members of the Patriot Guard stood watch outside the church and helped lead the funeral procession to the Lockhart Cemetary.

Along the way, children and adults alike lined the road and waved flags. The entire student body of Smithville High School also came outside to salute Stanley as his procession passed by on FM 535.

Stanley is survived by his parents and a younger brother, Cade Stanley. 

Nov 8, 2009 - 10:33 am

Some others have mentioned the Marine's birthday, two days hence. I want to share a piece I submitted to the local paper. It may not run but at least the editor asked to see it:

Today is the United States Marine Corps' birthday. For 234 years, since before we had a country, they have fought our wars. Contemplating this, as I do this time of year, I always remember some Marines I've known...

...Finally, there is one I didn't know: Lance Corporal Cody R. Stanley of Rosanky TX who fell in Helmand Province, Afghanistan last month. In the USMC young men are given big responsibilities and LCpl Stanley clearly met the expectations of his seniors. His obituary describes a fellow who " . . . did all the things country boys love to do . . ." and one of the pictures shows a cheerful fellow in a straw cowboy hat. But beside it, in marked transformation, is a young Marine in dress uniform, serious and looking straight into the camera. This is no longer a country boy—this is a man, the man we lost in Helmand.

So today–please–remember him and countless others who have stepped up to the line for the rest of us since 1775—we owe them at least that much. Happy Birthday, USMC—

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