Alumnus dies in Iraq copter crash

A heroic and patriotic soul deeply affected by the events of Sept. 11, First Lieutenant Jared Landaker, a helicopter pilot with the HMM-364 Purple Foxes, Camp Pendleton, and a 2003 University of La Verne graduate, joined the Marine Corps as a junior, deploying to Iraq in August 2006.

He served on medical evacuation missions, airlifting Marines, Iraqi soldiers and civilians to safety on a daily basis, and was one of seven crewmembers and passengers who died Feb. 7 during routine operations interrupted by hostile fire, 20 miles west of Baghdad. He was 25.
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Posted Feb. 23, 2007
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