Landis W. Garrison
Landis W. Garrison
|Birth name||Landis Wayne Garrison|
|Born||January 9, 1981|
Moline, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 29, 2004 (aged 23)|
Coal Valley Cemetery, Coal Valley, Illinois, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1998–2004|
|Unit||333d Military Police Company|
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.
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 and was training to be a police officer in nearby Hampton, Illinois when his unit was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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. He and his company were subsequently sent to the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, where Garrison received an accidental yet fatal gunshot wound.
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