February 7, 2007

Service to honor former Purdue ROTC student killed in Iraq

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A service will take place at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13) in the Purdue Armory to pay tribute to a former university Army ROTC student who was killed in Iraq. Capt. Kevin C. Landeck, 26, of Wheaton, Ill., died on Friday (Feb. 2) when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb near Baghdad. Landeck, who had been in Iraq for six months, was posthumously promoted to captain from first lieutenant and was awarded a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He graduated from Purdue in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sociology from the College of Liberal Arts.

"Kevin's death is a tragic loss," said Lt. Col. Dan Carpenter, commander of Purdue's Army ROTC program. "He died serving his country and doing what he loved to do - leading soldiers. He should be remembered for that. Kevin will be missed by many, and our sincere condolences are with his family and friends."

As a member of Purdue's Army ROTC, Landeck was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry. He spent a year in training and then was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., where he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division.

He is survived by his parents, Richard and Vicki; a sister, Jennifer; and his wife, Bethany Grace Landeck, a second lieutenant in the National Guard. She received her bachelor's degree in 2005 from Purdue's College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences while an Army ROTC student.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Source: Dan Carpenter, (765) 494-2099, dwcarpen@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


Note to Journalists: Journalists are invited to attend the memorial service for Capt. Kevin C. Landeck at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 13) in the Purdue Armory. For information, contact Christy Jones, Purdue News Service, at (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu


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