29 Apr '17, 5am

After near-death fall 31 years ago, a Ranger finally gets his graduation tab: Keith Landry…

After near-death fall 31 years ago, a Ranger finally gets his graduation tab: Keith Landry…

More than three decades ago, Keith Landry earned his Ranger tab the hard way — the really hard way. And on Friday at Fort Benning’s Victory Pond, Landry, now a 53-year-old retired colonel, shared his wisdom and experience with the newest Ranger School graduates. Landry, who in 1986 was a recent U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, had completed the all of the requirements to graduate from Ranger School and was on a final mission in the Florida panhandle days before graduation. Then, the young lieutenant’s life changed in a dramatic way. “Ranger Landry had no idea boarding the helicopter that morning that he would almost die on Santa Rosa Island, miss his Ranger School graduation and end up fighting for his career after being in a coma for almost a month,” said Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Victor A. Ballesteros, as he introduced Landry. As...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/after-near-death-fall-31-...

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