Landis W. Garrison

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Landis W. Garrison
Birth nameLandis Wayne Garrison
Born(1981-01-09)January 9, 1981
Moline, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 29, 2004 (2004-04-30) (aged 23)
Iraq
Buried
Coal Valley Cemetery, Coal Valley, Illinois, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1998–2004
RankArmy-USA-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Unit333d Military Police Company
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star[1]

Landis Wayne Garrison (January 9, 1981 – April 29, 2004) was a United States Army sergeant and the only member of the 333d Military Police Company to have died while actively serving with the unit. He died in Iraq of non-combat related causes.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Garrison joined the volunteer Port Byron, Illinois Fire Department before graduating from Riverdale High School in 1999. He joined the military at the age of 17[3][4] and was training to be a police officer in nearby Hampton, Illinois when his unit was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom.[5]

Death[edit]

In 2004, after Garrison had arrived safely in Kuwait preparing to return home, his year-long deployment was extended by the Pentagon 90 days. He was among 20,000 soldiers whose tours were extended because of the then-surge of violence in Iraq.[6] He and his company were subsequently sent to the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, where Garrison received an accidental yet fatal gunshot wound.[2][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stroyan, Gina (October 30, 2009). Sgt Landis Wayne Garrison (Photograph). Find A Grave. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Warneke, Jeremy (January 28, 2016). "The Tragic Truth Of Accidental Deaths In Combat Zones". Task & Purpose. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Illinois soldier killed in Iraq". The Northwest Indiana Times. May 1, 2004. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Morse, Travis (May 5, 2004). "Friends fondly recall Garrison (Fallen in Iraq)". The Journal Standard.
  5. ^ Yates, Jon (May 2, 2004). "Death adds to town's frustration". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Glauber, Bill (April 25, 2004). "A push to get troops home". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Burghart, Tara (September 12, 2004). "After 9-11, Iraq, soldiers readjust at home". The St. Augustine Record. Retrieved July 4, 2016.