Gordon County Marine killed in Iraq
Cody Warren, a 2005 graduate of Gordon Central High School, was killed Thursday in Iraq, school officials said.
Warren, 19, was a member of Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, a reserve unit based in Chattanooga.
The Marine Reserve unit said it could not release any information about Warren's death, but friends of the Marine said he was killed by sniper fire.
“Cody was one of ours,” said Mike Stanton, county school superintendent. “His service and his sacrifice become personal because we all know him and his family.”
Stanton said Warren’s mother, Robin Patterson of Resaca, is a Gordon County school bus driver, and he has siblings still at GCHS. He father is James Warren of Marietta.
A memorial service for Cody Warren has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13 at the memorial fountain in front of Gordon Central High School
Neal Crawford, GCHS band director, said Warren was an important part of the Blue Wave Marching Band.
“He was our drum major his junior and senior years and also played alto sax,” Crawford said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better drum major. He was a tremendous leader.”
Warren also sang in the Gordon Central Chorale and Tonal Combustion, the schools a capella group, and performed in the school’s One Act play competition.
Crawford said the mood at the school was somber as news of Warren’s death spread Friday morning.
“The band members who are juniors and seniors here now all knew Cody,” Crawford said. “I told the kids this morning that when you hear about things like this on the news, it may sting, but when it’s someone you know it makes it real.”