Veteran honors soldiers as a namekeeper

first_imgThis is a weekend to salute our servicemen who died in the line of duty, and to honor the families of the fallen.It’s what Richard Landis did every day for almost four years. The Clark County veteran was chief of the U.S. Army’s casualty operations center from 1984 to 1987, and was called back to duty for the first Gulf War.“I buried 3,000 soldiers,” Landis said.“All Army casualties are reported to the office,” Landis said. “We initiate the notification process. The office assigns casualty assistance officers, helps with the funeral. It coordinates the assistance and benefits the next of kin is entitled to.”The process did take a quite different turn after one unprecedented disaster, however. That’s when distraught families swept into his headquarters, wondering if their loved ones were dead.Now the retired lieutenant colonel is a member of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, a local nonprofit organization that will continue to celebrate our military tradition as Army units leave Vancouver Barracks.Landis said he also serves in another volunteer role, as “name-keeper” for the Clark County Veterans War Memorial. The monument at Vancouver Barracks lists the names of local service personnel who died in conflicts ranging from the Spanish-American War to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.last_img

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