WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A Chief Petty officer stationed at the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal received the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., Nov. 4.
Chief Hospital Corpsman Genell D. Cody was presented the award by Force Master Chief Clarence Mitchell and Peter F. Fertig, President of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation.
The annual award was established by the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation in 2013 and is presented to three people who represent the important areas of Feller's life: his major league baseball career, his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (NBHOF) and his service as a Navy chief petty officer.
Cody, Jonathan C. Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers, Hall of Famer George Brett, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, Hopper Information Services Center's Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) chapter, and USS Carl Vinson's CSADD chapter received their awards during a ceremony that featured a gathering of baseball luminaries and Navy leadership. The honorable John Dalton 70th Secretary of the Navy and Admiral Frank Caldwell, Director for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program participated in honoring the award recipients.
"I am honored to be receiving this award," said Cody. "I feel like I am receiving this award because I realized the gifts and blessing that I received and passing it on to the people that may not be in the same position I am in."
Cody said it was an honor and a privilege to be nominated by her fellow chief petty officers and represent the Chief's mess.
In recognition of Feller's significant accomplishment in attaining the rank of chief petty officer, nominees must be a chief petty officer, (active or reserve) be outstanding military professionals, and embody the Navy's core values of honor, courage, and commitment.
Bob Feller not only excelled on the baseball diamond, he is the only chief petty officer in the NBHOF. He received six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars while serving on missions in both the Pacific and the North Atlantic.
Feller was the first American athlete to enlist in the military following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. He missed four seasons with the Indians while serving in the Navy. He served aboard USS Alabama, which won nine battle stars, eight while Feller was aboard.
Supporters of the award honoring the legacy of Bob Feller include the USS Alabama Battleship Commission, Major League Baseball and the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum. Co-sponsors of the event include the Navy Memorial and the Navy League of the United States.