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Marine 1stLt Jared M. Landaker

Marine 1stLt Jared M. Landaker

KIA February 7, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

Died February 7, 2007 when the helicopter he was flying in crashed while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Also killed were Capt. Jennifer Harris, Sgt. Travis Pfister, Cpl. Thomas Saba, Sgt. James Tijerina, Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Gilbert Minjares Jr. and Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Manuel Ruiz.

Landaker attended Big Bear High School where he excelled in soccer, baseball, and football. Upon graduation, Jared enrolled at the University of La Verne in California where he graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Physics. After 9/11, Jared felt a sense of duty and joined the Marine Corps. He completed flight school near the top of his class, which meant that he could have flown any aircraft he wanted. But rather than fly jets, he chose helicopters. He stated, “he wanted to fly Marines in, but more importantly fly them out.”

“What he was doing everyday was waiting for a buzzer to go off to go save a Marine’s life. He ended up dying doing that,” said longtime friend 1stLt Matt Jackson, who flies helicopters for the Army.

“He always wanted to fly,” said Luke Wagner, a friend since their days as freshmen at Big Bear High School. “Flying and helping others were his passions, and that’s what he was doing in Iraq every day.”

1stLt. Jared Landaker was 25 years old from Big Bear City, California

Original portrait was presented May 12, 2012 to his parents during the Marine Aviation Centennial Banquet held in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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