Landis W. Garrison

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Landis W. Garrison
Born Landis Wayne Garrison
Moline, Illinois, U.S.
Died April 29, 2004(2004-04-29) (aged 23)
Abu Ghraib, Iraq
Cause of death Gunshot wound
Awards Bronze Star[1]

Landis Wayne Garrison (January 9, 1981 – April 29, 2004) was a United States Army sergeant and the only member of the 333d Military Police Company to have died while actively serving with the unit. He died in Iraq of non-combat related causes.[2][3]


Garrison joined the volunteer Port Byron, Illinois Fire Department before graduating from Riverdale High School in 1999. He joined the military at the age of 17[3][4] and was training to be a police officer in nearby Hampton, Illinois when his unit was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom.[5]


In 2004, after Garrison had arrived safely in Kuwait preparing to return home, his year-long deployment was extended by the Pentagon 90 days. He was among 20,000 soldiers whose tours were extended because of the then-surge of violence in Iraq.[6] He and his company were subsequently sent to the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, where Garrison received an accidental yet fatal gunshot wound.[2][7]