Harry Reid Democrat: This War is Lost; LT Landaker died for nothing
1st Lt. Jared M. Landaker A few decades ago, Your Business Blogger was privileged to be a Survival Assistance Officer helping families who lost a service member. As a young Cavalry Officer, I commanded a number of burial details. The part that hurt and still moves in slow motion in my mind’s eye, is handing the tri-folded American flag to the widow.
I never cried at these funerals. I was too young. It was a task, a detail that had to be done.
Our government has a task that needs to be done. But it won’t be done by Harry Reid. Democrats are surrendering and will nullify our sacrifices in the war against the jihadists. Democrats say our troops sacrifice and die for nothing.
Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, says, “…this war is lost…”
Democrats, like the French, have already surrendered. RedState says it all best.
But not surrendering, it seems, is the American public. Following is Diary Of A Last and Final Flight Home dated February 17, 2007, that was making the rounds. Hat tip to John Howland, who runs the USNA-At-Large group.
Every death in the armed forces is a public event. 1st Lt. Jared M. Landaker, 25, Big Bear City, California, Rest in Peace.
Diary Of A Last and Final Flight Home
February 17, 2007,
0350 [hours; 3:30am]
I was at curbside at 24th and M, Washington DC . 16 Degrees with a light breeze. Going home after my second week of freezing temps to my warm home in SoCal. Take a walk on the beach, ride a horse, climb a mountain and get back to living. I’m tired of the cold.
paying the taxi fare at Dulles in front of the United Airlines counter, still cold.
engaged the self-serve ticker machine and it delivers my ticket, baggage tag and boarding pass. Hmmm, that Marine over there is all dressed up in his dress blues a bit early this morning… “Good Morning Captain, you’re looking sharp.” He says, “Thank you, sir.”
Pass Security and to my gate for a decaf coffee and 5 hours sleep. A quick check of the flight status monitor and UA Flt 211 is on time. I’m up front, so how bad can that be? Hmmm, there’s that same Marine. He must be heading to Pendleton to see his lady at LAX for the long weekend, all dressed up like that. Or maybe not. I dunno.
The speaker system announces “Attention in the boarding area, we’ll begin boarding in 10 minutes, we have some additional duties to attend to this morning, but we’ll have you out of here on time.”
The Marine Captain has now been joined by five others. BINGO, I get it, he’s not visiting his lady, he’s an official escort. I remember doing that once, CACO duty. I still remember the names of the victim and family, The Bruno Family in Mojave – all of them, wows, that was 24 years ago.
On board, 0600:
“Good morning folks, this is the Captain. This morning we’ve been attending to some additional duties, and I apologize for being 10 minutes late for push back, but I believe we’ll be early into LAX. This morning it is my sad pleasure to announce that…
…1st LT Jared Landaker, USMC will be flying with us to his Big Bear home in Southern California. Jared lost his life over the skies of Iraq earlier this month, and today we have the honor of returning him home along with his mother, father and brother . Please join me in making the journey comfortable for the Landaker family and their uniformed escort. Now sit back and enjoy your ride. We’re not expecting any turbulence until we reach the Rocky Mountain area, but we’ll do what we can to ensure a smooth ride. For those interested, you can listen in to our progress on Channel 9.”
Click Channel 9: “Good morning UA 211. You are cleared to taxi, takeoff and cleared to LAX as filed.”
4 hours and 35 minutes later over Big Bear MT, the AB320 makes a left roll, a steep bank and then one to the right-Nice touch. Nice tribute. Five minutes out from landing, the Captain comes on the speaker: “Ladies and Gents, after landing I’m leaving the fasten seatbelt sign on, and I ask everyone to please yield to the Landaker family. Please remain seated until all members of the family have departed the aircraft. Thank you for your patience. We are 20 minutes early.”
On roll out, I notice red lights, emergency vehicles approaching. We’re being escorted directly to our gate, no waiting, not even a pause. Out the left window, a dozen Marines in full dress blues. A true class act by everyone, down to a person. Way to go United Airlines for doing things RIGHT, Air Traffic Control for getting the message, and to all security personnel for your display of brotherhood.
When the family departed the aircraft everyone sat silent, then I heard a lady say,”God Bless you and your family, and thank you.” Then a somber round of applause. The Captain read a prepared note from Mrs. Landaker to the effect, “Thank you all for your patience and heartfelt concern for us and our son. We sincerely appreciate the sentiment. It’s good to have Jared home.”
After departing the a/c I found myself along with 30 others from our flight looking out the lobby window back at the plane. Not a dry eye. It was one of the most emotional moments I’ve ever experienced. We all stood there silently, and watched as Jared was taken by his honor guard to an awaiting hearse. Then the motorcade slowly made it’s way off the ramp.
I realized I had finally seen the silent majority. It is deep within us all. Black, Brown, White, Yellow, Red, Purple, we’re all children, parents, brothers, sisters, etc – we are an American family.
Official Report: February 7, 2007, Anbar Province, Iraq .. 1st LT Jared Landaker United States Marine Corps, from Big Bear California, gave his live in service to his country. Fatally wounded when his CH-46 helicopter was shot down by enemy fire. Jared and his crew all perished. His life was the ultimate sacrifice of a grateful military family and nation.
His death occurred at the same time as Anna Nicole Smith, a drug using person with a 7th grade education of no pedigree who dominated our news for two weeks while Jared became a number on CNN. And most unfortunately, Jared’s death underscores a fact that we are a military at war, not a nation at war. It has been said that Marines are at war. America is at the mall.
1st LT Landaker, a man I came to know in the sky’s over America on 17 February 2007, from me to you, aviator to aviator, I am unbelievably humbled. It was my high honor to share your last flight.
[The anonymous writer closes with
First Lieutenant Landaker, we will see you on the other side.]
To 1stLt Landaker;
You will be one of the many we
remember during mess nights, balls, and our moments of silence for fallen comrades.
I know you were a leader of marines. I know you were respected. It is part of the ethos of all Marines that we who bear arms under the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor are priveleged enough to render honor to one of our fallen, whether we know him personally or not. From one pilot to another, may the wind always be at your back. We, the new generation of Marines, will endeavor to fill the empty place you have left with the same honor, courage, and commitment that you showed until the end.
May we always be as honorable.
LCpl Rodgers, Third Marine Regiment
Thank you L/Cpl Rodgers for your words. Especially, in light of the fact that you too are a pilot.
My son was a very good Marine Corps aviator. He flew CH-46’s out of Al Taqatom (sp), Iraq. On his last scheduled flight, while flying casualty evacuations to Balad Airbase Hospital his helicopter was shot down by a surface to air missle. He, along with six others, parrished in the crash. He was to be home the following week. He died on Feb. 7, 2007 while doing what he liked and what he was good at doing. He will never be forgotten.
Joseph C. Landaker, former Marine Corps Sergeant, and father of 1st Lt. Jared Micheal-Vincent Landaker, USMC (Deceased)
Mr. Landaker, we are so sorry for your loss.
The rest of us cannot imagine the pain. It hurts me even to guess at your loss — as I try to put myself in your shoes, with my sons The Dude or the Boo-Boy…
We are so lucky to have you and your son.
It would be my prayer that the rest of the country be, as your son was,
God Bless You,
Jack and Charmaine and the Penta-Posse.