Friday, February 14, 2014

Number 112


Died on the very same day as Number 111, the second of Kentucky's latest sacrifices to the insatiable maw of the permanent Warren Terra.

Spc. Christopher A. Landis, 27, of Independence died Feb. 10, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from wounds received when the enemy attacked his patrol with a rocket propelled grenade in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, the defense department said.

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. and deployed to Afghanistan in the fall.

“He gave his life to protect us and our freedom,” said Independence Mayor Donna Yeager. “We mourn for him and his family.”

Yeager said that once she receives official notice of the soldier’s death, she’ll order that flags at the Independence Municipal Center and other public buildings in the city be flown at half staff.

Landis enlisted as a cryptologic linguist in the U.S. Army in March 2011. He completed initial entry training at Fort Jackson, S.C., followed by Arabic language training at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., and then advanced individual training for Cryptologic Linguist at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas.

He had already received a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star among others.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister. His family declined any interviews.
That wailing and gnashing of teeth you hear is not from family and friends of Spc. Landis and Pfc Gray, not that they are not grieving. No, their grieving is drowned out by the anger, the fury, the rage of combat veterans - of WWII, of Korea, of Vietnam, of the Gulf War, and of Iraq and Afghanistan - who are sick unto death of the pointless waste of American lives and treasure that is the unsalvageable shithole known as Afghanistan.

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