The Cody Cookie is the most special cookie we make. This cookie is named after Cpl Cody Putman who was killed in action in Iraq on April 12, 2007. Cody was a family friend. We give tribute to him and his family for the ultimate sacrifice. Please think of Cody as you are enjoying this cookie. His mother told us that Oreo was Cody's favorite cookie so we infused crushed Oreos into a chocolate chip cookie base.
CPL Cody A. Putman – Cody was born on August 31, 1984. From the moment he could hold a ball in his little hands he was hooked. He loved sports. He was a very talented athlete. During his childhood in Lafayette he was involved in baseball, basketball and football in the East Tipp area. He played his high school sports in Monticello. He was a 2003 graduate of Twin Lakes High School.
Cody married his high school sweetheart, Mollie Grist, in September 2006. They have a beautiful daughter, Madelyn. It was a small wedding that joined the three of them together as a family. This was a dream of Cody’s. He wanted to take care of his girls. That dream became a reality.
Cody was one of three children and the youngest. As his older brother, Harry (Bubba) reminded him often by nicknaming him “Peck.” When Cody was younger, he was a small boy. Always smaller than the other kids his age, but he was a just a late bloomer. He grew to about 6 feet tall and his military weight was 185lbs. The Army put about 25 to 30 pounds of muscle on him. He was always very strong and muscular but the military made him physically and mentally stronger. His sister, Tiffany, would always try to wrestle with her brothers and would end up crying for mom. There was a special closeness with this siblings. They all loved each other very much. He loved his nieces and nephews. They were all very special to him, especially Cidnei. She held a very special place in Uncle Cody’s heart.
Cody joined the US Army in March of 2005. He went through basic training and AIT at Fort Knox, KY and airborne school in Fort Benning, GA. His permanent duty station was at Fort Richardson, Alaska. The Army was a new team to Cody. He quickly excelled at all he did. He became a leader and his superiors recognized and acknowledged his talents and did all they could to encourage him to be the best he could be. He was becoming a great man.
Cody had the extraordinary talent of being able to see the big picture in life. Whether it was a football field or a mission field in Iraq, he was able to see more that his assigned position and was able to help the entire team and get the job done. He would have been a great coach or an outstanding General. He was a natural leader and the military instilled that confidence in him. More than a mother could.
Cody’s life was a love story. He loved and was loved by all of his family and friends. We are so very proud of him and his many accomplishments. He will forever be in our hearts.
We would also like to take the time to mention Cody’s mother, Pam. Pam is an amazing woman who defines the word Selfless. After Cody passed, Pam decided she wanted to do something to honor her son. She wanted to give back. She was the President of the Greater Lafayette, IN Honor Flight from 2012-2018. Honor Flight flies WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans from a selected area near their home to Washington DC to visit their respective war memorials. We have had the honor of participating in an Honor Flight alongside Pam and her amazing team of people. Each trip appears to run seamless and Pam is a huge part of this. From countless fundraisers to coordinating every behind the scene aspect of the flight, Pam was there. The selfless sacrifices that she made daily to ensure thousands of veterans were able to make the once in a lifetime trip possible is an inspiration to us to keep Combat Cookies going and especially to dedicate this cookie to Cody.