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LAWTON, Okla_Spectacular, amazing and noble. Those are just a few of the adjectives friends and family have used to describe 26 year old 1st. Lt. Brandon Landrum.

He was killed in action over the weekend along with 4 others when their vehicle hit a road side bomb in Afghanistan.

Landrum was born and raised in Lawton and graduated from the ROTC program at Cameron University.

Lieutenant Colonel Dave Zaccheus recalls the way things were.

"As a cadet he was an excellent soldier and family man. He and his family came around here very often and got very close with the staff and the faculty, " said Zaccheus.

He was dedicated to his duty as he was simultaneously going through the program at Cameron and also part of the National Guard Reserve.

Zaccheus said his commitment to his obligations were admirable.

"He chose the duty of going to Iraq over his cadet responsibility, " said Zaccheus. "What he said was, 'I'll take a leave of absence and I'll go to Iraq, be with my team members in his unit, ' and then when he came back he fought to get back in the program and was ultimately commissioned in the United States Army."

His excellence went beyond dedication. Landrum was ranked in the top 20 percent of all cadets in the nation while he was going through the ROTC program.

Zaccheus said losing a member of the Cameron ROTC family never gets easier.

"It's a serious and tragic loss every time that you have it, " said Zaccheus.

In fact almost exactly a year ago they lost another one of their brothers, 2nd Lt. Toby Alexander.

"Both from the same class. So it's really traumatic for that class. They have gone out and done wonderful things, and as they go and do their duties this is one of the unfortunate circumstances you have to deal with, " Zaccheus said.

Zaccheus said the Cameron family will hold on to the great memories they have of their fallen brother and be proud of his excellence in service.

"We memorialize them in how we remember them and how we prepare them. They were doing their duty, and they were performing the mission that they love, " said Zaccheus.

Landrum's father-in-law said the family is confused and devastated.

Of his son-in-law, he said he was an awesome man and father. He leaves behind his wife and two children.  

His father-in-law said his body is being flown from Afghanistan to Delaware, where Landrum's wife and parents wait.

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