Harold Raymond Cody – Captain, United States Navy

Harold Raymond Cody, 86, a retired Navy Captain who saw action as a pilot during World War II and in Korea and Vietnam, died of congestive heart failure August 16, 2005, at Fairfax Nursing Center. He was a Springfield, Virginia, resident.

Captain Cody, a voting member of the Cherokee Nation, was born in Collinsville, Oklahoma. He was a student at Miami University in Ohio, where he played trumpet with various big bands, among them Benny Goodman's. World War II interrupted his education, and he enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He commanded a VS-34 squadron (sea control) during World War II and in Vietnam served as operations officer on the aircraft carrier USS Essex. He received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University in the early 1960s and retired from the military in 1973.

As a civilian, he continued in military research and development as vice president of NAVMAR Applied Sciences, a company based in Johnsonville, Pennsyvlania. He retired again in 2001.

He was a member of the Springfield Country Club, although, his wife noted, his work was his hobby.

His marriage to Marjorie Wessell Cody ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Beverly Cody of Springfield; a son from the first marriage, Harold Cody of Vienna, and a son from the second marriage, Shawn Cody of Manassas; three grandsons; and a stepbrother.


On Tuesday, August 16, 2005 of Springfield, VA. Beloved husband of Beverly A. Cody; father of Shawn C. Cody and his wife, Dolores and Harold R. Cody; grandfather of Ryan C., Tyler M. and Jacob S. Cody. Funeral service will be held at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel, Wednesday, September 21 at 3 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery.

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