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.
Submitted by: Carol Code