Pfc Ira Benjamin Laningham, IV
Born: September 1, 1988 in Greenfield, Massachusetts
Died: January 7, 2011 in Logar, Afghanistan
Pfc Ira B. Laningham, IV of Zapata, Texas was a 2006 graduate of Zapata High School and attended Texas A&M International University in Laredo. Known best as ‘Ben’, he enlisted in the United States Army in November of 2009. After completing training he arrived to Fort Polk in June of 2010. His awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He died at age 22 of wounds suffered at Logar Province, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He leaves his wife, PFC Stephanie Armendariz-Laningham, his parents, Enrique E. and Norma L. Cantu, two brothers, PVT Joseph E. Cantu and Enrique E. Cantu, and a sister, Amanda R. Cantu.
30th Infantry Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
10th Mountain Division
Fort Polk, Louisiana
Burial is at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery – Sec 34 Row G Site 171
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