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01-23-2009, 03:24
Time to return to tarring and feathering! :steamed::crying:

Thieves Steal Fallen GI's Memorial (

January 22, 2009

Houston Chronicle

<!-- Uncomment this when the Jive comments functionality is available --> <!-- quick fix for IE6&7 render bug where duplicate word being added. hasLayout-related-->Jones Creek, Texas, resident Philip Ford confronted heartache when his 21-year-old son Cody, a U.S. Army specialist, was killed in an explosion in Iraq two years ago.

Now, the grieving father is experiencing a new kind of heartache -- the vandalism and desecration of his son's gravesite in this tiny Brazoria County town 60 miles south of Houston.

Some time late last week, thieves went into the Gulf Prairie Cemetery on County Road 304 and hauled away a battlecross that topped the slain Soldier's gravesite -- his bronzed jump boots, bronzed assault rifle and a bronzed helmet just like the one he wore in Iraq.

The thieves even stole the bronze base that supported the battlecross, authorities said.

The bronzed boots are the same jump boots that Cody Ford, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), wore when he graduated from paratrooper school. His family had the boots filled with concrete before mounting them on his grave.

"I don't know if they hated the family that much, or if they hated Cody that much -- why would you do something like that?" Philip Ford said today.

"I guess they thought it was solid bronze. But it's not -- it's bronze-plated. They're not going to get nothing for it, even if they can get rid of it," he said.

No arrests had been made today, but Brazoria County Sheriff's investigators are chasing leads, hoping to recover the stolen items and find the vandals responsible for the damage.

Brazoria County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Kincheloe said the vandals could face charges of felony theft and misdemeanor desecration of a venerated object.

The battlecross, which stood 5 feet tall and weighed about 350 pounds, cost the Ford family about $5,000 to make.

Kincheloe, who has known the Ford family nearly all his life, said investigators believe several people were involved in the crime because of the monument's large size.

"I'm looking at the biggest guy on my squad -- he couldn't move it," Kincheloe said today. "It's going to take two or three people to move this. You're not going to pick this thing up and run off with it."

The thieves backed a truck or other vehicle up to the gravesite to haul the monument away.

The monument was last seen on Jan. 17. Philip Ford, a Vietnam veteran who served from 1971 until 1975, said he was at a south Texas deer lease Saturday when a friend called to tell him the battlecross was missing from Cody's gravesite.

The thieves also kicked around flowers and other items that had been placed at the gravesite and stole Cody Ford's dog tags.
The slain Soldier's father said he wants the "low lifes" who damaged his son's grave to be publicly exposed so the world knows what they did.
Sheriff's investigators are asking anyone with information about the crime or the monument's whereabouts to call Brazoria County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-460-2222.

Cody Ford, a 2004 graduate of Brazosport High School, was killed Dec. 10, 2006, when his Humvee drove over an improvised explosive device.
Two other Soldiers, Sgt. Brennan C. Gibson, 26, of Tualatin, Ore., and Pfc. Shawn M. Murphy, 24, of Fort Bragg, N.C., also were killed in the blast.

Ford was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other medals after his death. He left a $400,000 insurance policy to his twin brother, Tanner, so he can go to medical school.
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01-23-2009, 08:00
absolutely shameless!!! its amazing the type of people out there.

01-23-2009, 08:37
Scumbags like that need to be beaten to a pulp

Guitar Guy
01-23-2009, 12:11
This is a whole new level of lowlife. I hope the cops find them before dad does. I have two kids over there serving and if this happened to one of them I would spend every waking moment looking for these scumbags. :steamed: