After the 9-11 attack, Jared felt a sense of duty and elected to OCS in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. While attending college, Jared began to take Platoon Leaders Courses on his summer break between his Junior and Senior years of college. Following graduation in 2003, Jared accepted his Commission in the United States Marines as a 2nd Lt. and began his training in Quantico, Virginia at The Basic School.
Upon completion of TBS, Jared transferred to Pensacola, Florida for flight school, where he excelled and graduated at the top of his class. Jared completed school by being named in the top 5% of all students and a position on the Commodore’s list. During his time at flight school, Jared opted to fly helicopters instead of flying jets. He stated “he wanted to fly Marines in, but more importantly fly them out”. Jared reported to Camp Pendleton, California to train in the CH-46 medium helicopter with Squadron HMMT-164. After completion of his training, he reported to HMM-364, the “World Famous Purple Foxes” where he also became their S2 (Officer Intelligence Officer).
August 18, 2006, Lt. Landaker deployed to the Al Anbar Province in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While there, Lt. Landaker would complete his HAC qualification early with a total of 496 hours to become a “Helicopter Aircraft Commander”. Jared was selected to depart Iraq early to attend Weapons and Tactical School in Yuma, AZ for training as a WTI Instructor. With only a week left in Iraq, his crewmembers received a call that three Marines were wounded and needed a Cas-e-Vac flight. With his flight crew and Corpsmen on board, they picked up the wounded and delivered them to Balad Hospital. Upon the return flight to their base, they were requested to pick up some blood and transport it to the hospital in Fallujah.
During this flight they received machine gun fire and rocket fire resulting in the downing of the helicopter and killing all on board. On February 7, 2007, Lt. Jared M. Landaker and his crew of six were KIA in Karmah, Iraq. On February 17, 2007, Jared was laid to rest at the Riverside Veterans Cemetery in Riverside, CA. His father, Joe, a Vietnam Marine stated “”He did more in 25 years than most of us will do in 75 years.”
We are connected, My child and I, By an invisible cord, Not seen by the eye. It’s not like the cord That connects us ’til birth This cord can’t be seen by any on earth. This cord does its work right from the start. It binds us together attached to my heart.I know that it’s there though no one can see the invisible cord from my child to me.The strength of this cord man could create it withstands the test can hold any weight.And though you are gone, though you’re not here with me, the cord is still there but no one can see.It pulls at my heart I am bruised…. I am sore, but this cord is my lifeline as never before.I am thankful that God connects us this way a mother and child death can’t take away!