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Here is a list of codes that I found
- BS - Bronze Star
- Capt - Captain
- Co - Company
- CO - Commanding Officer
- Col - Colonel
- Cpl - Corporal
- DOI - Died of Injuries
- DOW - Died of Wounds
- DSC - Distinguished Service Cross
- Hq - Headquarters
- KIA - Killed in Action
- KODY - Killed on Duty
- LM - Legion of Merit
- Lt - Lieutenant
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I also searched the State of Pennsylvania Casualty list database for Army and he is listed as (DNB) which is considered "Died Non-Battle". I'm pretty certain that I've never seen this type of code but if I was betting man I would say (KODY) means "Killed Outside of Duty" Please take note that most of these websites obtain lists and input data from others and may not have the knowledge. But he should be listed in terms of the military casualty code (DNB).
Thanks both for your very rapid responses That gets me a lot further, and DNB is a strong steer. I guess the most likely causes would then either be health related or accidental death, but it would now take quite a bit of work chasing down personal records, if they exist, to get still further.
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Dear Mr. MacGarvin,
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Since KODY has already been explained in a previous reply, we will focus on other information. The circumstances of his death may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). IDPFs from 1940-1976 for personnel with surnames that begin with A-L are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thanks Shannon I appreciate you taking the time. I'll follow up in due course - Malcolm