News that a Preston army private had been killed in Afghanistan early
Tuesday morning swept through this community Wednesday afternoon after
“word got out.”
Independence Day celebrations in Dayton, both in communities and in backyards, were somewhat muted as people realized the first soldier from Franklin County had been killed in combat during the wars in the Mideast.
Cody Moosman, 24, was killed by enemy fire when his guard tower at an
outpost came under attack Tuesday morning. He died from his wounds a
short time late, according to his LDS Bishop Tom Madsen.
Madsen said he believes this was Moosman’s first tour of duty.
Moosman is the son of Dennis and Mareen Moosman, of Preston and has six
siblings. The family is very close, according to Bishop Madsen.
They have gone to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to meet the casket
which is expected to arrive today, Madsen added.
Madsen said he remembers Cody as a young man that was proud to serve his
country and added he enjoyed what he was doing. He liked tinkering with
machinery and engines to see how they worked.
The local Elks Lodge put up flags along Preston’s State Street Tuesday
afternoon in Moosman’s honor. Flags were also placed flags around the
Moosman home and neighborhood. The flag at Preston City Hall was lowered
to half staff.
Madsen said he knows the community will rally around the Moosman family
during this time of sorrow and heartache for them. “We should all be
proud of young men and women like Cody who willingly serve their country,
knowing the risks involved,” he said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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