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Hall of Fame

Captain John Fredric Vanlandingham | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Captain John Fredric Vanlandingham

Captain Vanlandingham of Mt. Judea, U.S. Army, Bosnia and Iraq, awards include the Silver Star medal for gallantry in action, the Meritorious Service medal, two awards of the Army Commendation medal, and three awards of the Army Achievement medal. 

John Vanlandingham joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992 and served for five years. He subsequently joined the Arkansas Army National Guard, completed Officer's Candidate School, and received his commission in 1999. He was federalized from the Arkansas National Guard for combat duty in Iraq. On May 21, 2007 Captain Vanlandingham was awarded The Silver Star.  The narrative for his award reads: 

Captain (Field Artillery) John F. Vanlandingham, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery Regiment, 39th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 14 November 2004, in Iraq. On that date Captain Vanlandingham was leading a convoy from an oil refinery back to a United States area of operations north of Taji, Iraq, including about 50 Iraqi National Guard troops in several vehicles that had no protective armor, making the vehicles and occupants susceptible to improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Two IEDs exploded, signaling an ambush, and several insurgents began attacking with small-arms fire. Captain Vanlandingham's vehicle, the convoy lead, escaped the ambush and motored to safety, but he and the troops with him immediately realized that the Iraqi soldiers were caught in the attack. Captain Vanlandingham directed American forces to suppress the enemy fire as he made his way into a ditch and back toward the Iraqi troops, retrieving several wounded and at least one dead Iraqi soldier along with several weapons. After accounting for all personnel, he reorganized the convoy, leading the way back to the U.S. area of operations to secure medical treatment for the wounded. The Iraqi troops had suffered severe injuries, and without quick medical attention, they likely would have died. Without regard to his own personal safety, Captain Vanlandingham's actions saved the lives of several Iraqi National Guard soldiers. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. 

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