Celebration of life for 1LT Brandon "James" Landrum, 26, Lawton will be at 10:00 am Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the First Assembly of God, Lawton with Jamie Austin, Pastor of Woodlake Assembly of God, Tulsa, OK and Rev. Gary Pratt, Associate Pastor of First Assembly of God, Lawton officiating. 1LT Landrum died Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Maiwand, Afghanistan. Following the service, full military honors will be rendered at Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, under the direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home. Brandon was born December 5, 1986 in Lawton. He graduated from MacArthur High School with honors in 2005. He was raised by loving parents and three mischievous sisters. He was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2008 until 2009. While in Iraq he met his wife Miranda Shae Hornbeck who was also deployed, and they came home on leave together and were married on May 10, 2009 in Lawton. He then graduated from Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course and Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. On June 14, 2010 Brandon achieved a dream of being a father, when he and Miranda welcomed a son, Gabriel Brandon Landrum. They later had a daughter, Blakely Reagan Landrum who was born October 21, 2012. Brandon graduated with Honors from Cameron University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and was commissioned a 2LT in the Army's Infantry Branch in May of 2011. Brandon arrived at Fort Bliss in December of 2011, where he became leader of a Rifle Platoon in Company A, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, until September 2012. He then was selected to be the Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, because of his excellence at NTC in August of 2012, and in December of 2012, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His military awards include Bronze Star
Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart
(Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal-2, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (Posthumous), Combat Infantry Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge. Brandon was a member of The First Assembly of God in Lawton, where he was heavily involved in Youth Leadership with Pastor Jamie Austin. He left a huge imprint on others with his leadership and life qualities, his strong faith, his testimony, his trust, his loyalty and his mischief. He was brave, honorable, an incredible hard worker and was larger than life. His love for his wife was "breathtaking", and the letters he wrote her and the memories they shared together will be cherished by her forever. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter of the home, his parents Jim and Jan Landrum of Lawton, three sisters, Ali Church-Pugh and husband Sherman of Crowley, TX, Melissa Griego-Kastner and husband Kayle of Lawton, Eryn Killingsworth and husband Andrew of Berryville, AR, mother-in-law and father-in-law Paula and Ross Hornbeck of Walters, OK, sister-in-law Kayla Hornbeck of Walters, OK, brother-in-law Anthony Hornbeck of Walters, OK, nieces and nephews; Kena Church, Riley Pugh, Ethan Griego, Logan Griego, Kaden Kastner, Morgan Kastner, Tyler Kastner, Trevor Kastner, Hunter Kastner, Kirsten Killingsworth, Mikayla Killingsworth, Ty Chandler, and numerous other aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.