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North Dakota Guard mourns death of 30-year-old West Fargo soldier

Staff Sgt. Cody Cox, 30, died of natural causes Sunday, Sept. 4.

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Staff Sgt. Cody Cox.
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BISMARCK — The North Dakota National Guard is mourning the death of Staff Sgt. Cody Cox, of West Fargo.

Cox, 30, died of natural causes Sunday, Sept. 4, according to the National Guard. His cause of death was not immediately released.

"On behalf of all of the men and women of the North Dakota National Guard, I offer our sincere condolences and sympathy to his wife, Samantha, as well as Cody’s entire family and friends during this time of grief," Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota's adjutant general, said Wednesday in a statement.

Cox enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 2011 with the Fargo-based 426th Signal Company.

Cox was promoted to staff sergeant April 22, and was assigned as the secure communications manager for the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

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He was also a full-time North Dakota National Guard employee in Fargo, working as a network help-desk technician. His wife is also a member of the North Dakota National Guard.

Cox's military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Reserve Commendation Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (three awards) and the National Defense Service Medal.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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