Captain Vanlandingham has shown great loyalty to his comrades. He earned a Silver Star for his actions when insurgents attacked the convoy he was leading.
He ignored his own safety to save the lives of several ING troops. He showed no mercy, and received his award on August 12, 2007. Throughout his career, he has been committed to helping others lead healthy lifestyles.
Early Life and Education
John Vanlandingham was born on September 6, 1919, in Pueblo, Colorado. He was the son of Manning Sydney Moore and Winifred Elaine Buxton.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1941. He then went on to attend Colgate Rochester Divinity School in order to become ordained as a minister in the Baptist Church.
He pastored several churches in California and Nevada. He also served as Bay View District Superintendent for one quadrennium. He retired from the ministry in 1986. He is survived by his wife Wanda Hart Vanlandingham. He is also survived by a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors also include his sister Mary Louise Scott and her husband Richard of Tupelo, Mississippi. Those who want to remember him with flowers can send them to the family’s home in Lake Village, Arkansas.
In 2007 Vanlandingham earned a Silver Star for his service to the United States and the Iraqi Guardsmen he trained. He made several trips into a kill zone to pull dead and wounded soldiers out.
He dragged out a grenade-tossing, blindfolded Iraqi soldier. He also dragged out an Iraqi soldier who was missing a leg.
After the war, Vanlandingham was living in Galena with his wife Adrienne and daughter Alexis. He wanted to get into Reining, so he worked for Eber Christopher, a well-known breeder of Paint horses.
After a few years working with Eber, Jason and Adrienne decided to move to Illinois to work for Craig Johnson. He quickly recognized Vanlandingham’s talent and started pushing him to improve his skills.
Achievements and Honors
John Van Landingham received a number of accolades during his life. He was a member of several military honor groups and received the Silver Star for heroism in Iraq.
He is also a distinguished attorney. He served as president of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the University of Oregon School of Law.
He is also a leader in the park and marina tenant rights movement. He has been working with Oregon legislators to pass laws that increase and protect the rights of park tenants since 1997.
John Vanlandingham was a proud husband, father and grandfather who lived to the fullest with his family. He was also a successful attorney and enjoyed working on many projects to benefit the community.
A Silver Star recipient, he served in Iraq and was honored for his heroic actions that saved the lives of several wounded ING troops.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Capt. Vanlandingham ignored his own safety to save the lives of several ING soldiers, venturing into the kill zone numerous times to pull them out of harm’s way.
He was born in Carter County, Kentucky on May 24, 1908 and died April 2, 1998. He was a member of the United States Air Force and the Arkansas Army National Guard. He was married to Kimberly Sheffield-Valandingham.
John Juneis Vanlandingham, 68 of Lake Village Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. He was born November 20, 1952 to John, Sr. & Mary Riley Vanlandingham and was the second of six children. He leaves a son, Timothy Lucas of Texas and three sisters, Mary Louise Scott (Richard), Bobbie Green and Gloria Vanlandingham.
During a tour of duty in Iraq, Vanlandingham was awarded the Silver Star for his actions as a soldier. He rescued an injured Iraqi, who was lying in a ditch, and pulled him out with help from another soldier. He later told police he felt a sharp pain in his back while pulling the man out, but kept going. It was a remarkable story of courage and heroism.