Sgt. Samuel Everett Landrus

(C. Hailey)

Sgt. Samuel Everett Landrus

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CL-S

Notes Army Serial Number = 39451590
Crew for 1/Lt. David E. Hailey Jr.
Known as "Sam"

Sam Landrus' Obituary

'Samuel Everett Landrus, a retired railroad worker of Clarkston, died of Alzheimer's disease Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Clarkston Care Center. He was 88.
He was born April 15, 1915, to Charles and Mary Elda Denslow Landrus in Toppenish, Wash. He was raised in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.
After his public schooling, he received his diploma from the U.S. Army Air Forces Technical Training Command at Lockheed Aircraft factory. He also trained at the Army Air Corps technical school as an airplane mechanic. He served with the U.S. Army Air Forces from June 27, 1942, to Nov. 18, 1945. He was stationed in England as an airplane mechanic, working on P-38s and P-51s. He served with the 8th Air Force and achieved the rank of sergeant. His awards included the American, European, African and Middle Eastern theater service medals, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge.
He moved to Asotin County in approximately 1935. He and Phylis Young were married Oct. 5, 1950, in Clarkston. He worked for 30 years for the Camas Prairie Railroad as a switchman.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Asotin County Fairboard, Asotin County Sportsmen Association, Asotin County Fur Harvesters and the 55th Fighter Group Association.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, Mariners baseball and always had a wonderful garden. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events.
Survivors include his wife, Phylis at the family home in Clarkston; a daughter, Shirley Crawford of Blaine, Wash.; two sons, Ken Landrus of Deer Park, Wash., and Ron Landrus of Clarkston; 10 grandchildren, Jasun Brown of Salem, Ore., Mike Landrus of Spokane, Josh Landrus and Derek Landrus, both of Clarkston, Trevor Crawford of Bellingham, Wash., Jeri Fodge of Monroe, Wash., Justin Curtis of Kent, Wash., Eric Ortiz of Hartford, Conn., Jake Landrus and Tetyana Landrus, both of Deer Park; and three great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.'

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