A Marine Stands Guard For Cody Green

Most people have not heard about this story that was reported in 2012. But it is one that needs to be told to those who haven’t heard it. To sum it up, the title of this story could be: “A Marine stands guard while brave young Cody Green dies.”

Cody Green was born on January 27, 2000, in Lafayette, Indiana. But at 22 months of age, he was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia (A.L.L.), the most common of all childhood cancers.

But he grew up just like most normal boys:

He was active with Cub Scouts and enjoyed riding his dirt bike, four wheelers, swimming and the NFL team New Orleans Saints football team.


But his strength to overcome his illness came from his love of the U.S. Marines.

This devotion helped Cody battle leukemia into remission not once, not twice, but three times.

After hearing about Cody, local Marines stepped up and contacted Cody’s father, David Snowberger. He reported:

“They decided Cody, with the strength and honor and courage he showed through the whole thing, he should be a Marine.”

Cody was given Marine navigator wings and was made an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps.

Marine Sergeant Mark Dolfini

A co-worker of U.S. Marine Sergeant Mark Dolfini revealed to him Cody Green’s situation and he decided to get in contact with his parents.

Sgt. Dolfini said he got the call telling him that Cody would not last the night. So he stood watch outside his room for eight hours until he passed away.

Cody E. Green, 12, died Saturday, April 28, 2012. His obituary included this tribute:

He never asked ‘Why Me,’ and fought the illness with grace and humility, never complaining about his treatment or care, saying ‘Thank you,’ to the many health care professionals that cared for him.

Cody Green was a very brave young man. And Sgt. Dolfini portrayed the high standards we all expect marines to have.

So we veterans say: “Semper Fi, Marine”!

And to Cody Green, we wish him God Speed!

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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