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College mourns death of alumnus in Afghanistan

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College mourns death of alumnus in Afghanistan


​Grove City College mourns the loss of U.S. Army Spc. Christopher A. “Drew” Landis, a 2009 graduate who died last week in service to his country in Afghanistan.

Drew, 27, a history major from Independence, Ky., was on his first deployment in Afghanistan when his patrol was attacked and hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Kapisa Province, the Department of Defense said. He died of his wounds at Bagram Airfield, the department said.

“The loss of this fine young man in defense of our country is a tragic reminder of the high price paid in that defense,” College President Richard G. Jewell ’67 said. “Freedom is not free. Its maintenance often requires the giving, as Lincoln said of his soldiers, of ‘their last full measure of devotion.’ Our College mourns the loss of Drew, who is well remembered by the campus community. We extend our sympathy to and offer prayers for his family and friends. He lived and died a hero to us all.”

On campus, Drew was involved in the Law Society, the Society of International Business Affairs, the Phi Omega Sigma (Possums) housing group and was a Crimson Caller.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Drew joined the Army in March 2011 and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. Following boot camp he was trained as cryptologic linguist “primarily responsible for identifying foreign communications using signals equipment,” the Army said. He spoke Arabic. Drew received the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.