Chief Petty Officer Thomas Richmond Code

Machinery Repairman Chief Thomas Richmond Code, 31, died at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego on January 4, 1972. Code was a 1959 graduate of Bozeman Senior High School in Bozeman, Mont. He joined the Navy on Oct. 5, 1959. At boot camp, he was named outstanding recruit of his company. He had been stationed aboard USS Sierra from 1960 to 1964, and USS Du Pont from 1964 to 1965, both stationed at Norfolk, Va. He was the Navy recruiter at Missoula, Mont., from October 1965 to February 1969. He was assigned to serve with the Seabees at Da Nang, Vietnam, from March 1969 through November 1969. He attended Machinery Repairman "B" School in San Diego, graduating as honorman of his class. Code's latest assignment was aboard USS Samuel Gompers, where he had recently been selected from among 90 other chiefs to serve as chief master at arms. Code was the holder of the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V, Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation with Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia and 4 Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious United Citation (Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm), and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. Code was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Bozeman. He married the former Carol Ann Lux there on July 7, 1962. He was survived by his wife, Carol, and two children, Kelly Renae, 4 1/2, and Michael Allen, 3. Also surviving were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Code, and a brother, Charles Code, all of Mountain View, Calif.


  1. May God bless and comfort your family Chief. I wish I had the energy to write a comment to all of those heros. These people are what has kept this great and wonderful country free. I sometimes wonder if we have a generation coming up that will be able to measure up and fill the boots of men like ChiefCode. I say that and then I read about what our young men and women are struggling through in Afghanistan, and prior to that in Iraq. It never ceases to amaze me that this country, despite it's flaws can produce generation after generation of heroes to go forth and defend this country with unwavering courage and strength to get the job done. May God Bless all of the men and women in the armed forces of America,
    I see that Chief Code spent some time with the Seabees. I am a retired Master Chief Seabee,EQCM, Heavy Equipment Operator. I spent some time in Da Nang prior to Chief Codes Arrival, (1966).
    Getting late, I just could not go to bed without firs making a comment to one of these heroes to who we owe so much.