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Another Oklahoma soldier killed in Afghanistan

Another Oklahoma soldier killed in Afghanistan
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First Lieutenant Brandon Landrum

Another Oklahoma soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died May 4, in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when their vehicle was attacked by an enemy improvised explosive device. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36thInfantry, 1stBrigade Combat Team, 1stArmored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Killed were:
1stLt. Brandon J. Landrum, 26, of Lawton, Okla.,
Staff Sgt. Francis G. Phillips IV, 28, of Meridian, N.Y.,
Spc. Kevin Cardoza, 19, of Mercedes, Texas,
Spc. Thomas P. Murach, 22, of Meridian, Idaho, and Spc. Brandon J. Prescott, 24, of Bend, Ore.

For more on Landrum see the release from the DOD below.

First Lieutenant Brandon Landrum was born on 5 December 1986 in Lawton, Oklahoma. After graduating from Cameron University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Branch.

First Lieutenant Landrum enlisted in the Army on 10 November 2005 and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2008 through August 2009.

Upon receiving his commission on May 2011, he graduated the Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course and Airborne School. First Lieutenant Landrum arrived to Fort Bliss, Texas, in January 2012, where he assumed the leadership of a Rifle Platoon in Company A, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment until September 2012.

In September 2012, he was selected above his peers to be the Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and in December 2012, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

First Lieutenant Landrum's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, the Afghan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. First Lieutenant Landrum is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter.

He was assigned to to 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

 

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