2015 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Mr. Frank Landrum, ’60
Frank Landrum attended the last two years of high school and then junior college at OMA. He graduated from OMA in 1960 and completed college at Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
While at OMA, he participated in numerous activities that included being the drill team commander, college sophomore class president, president of the Chevron and Saber Society, and a corps commander. He received the Association of the Army Award, was designated the Outstanding Military Five student, and awarded the Outstanding Cadet Identification Disk.
Landrum entered the Army in 1962 as a field artillery officer. He attended numerous military schools to include the basic and advanced field artillery courses, parachute school, special warfare course, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
In 1982, he received a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg State College in Pennsylvania. During his 28 years in the Army, Landrum had numerous state-side and overseas assignments.
Highlights include being an infantry adviser in 1964 in Vietnam where he was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He served as an operations/plane officer in battalion, brigade and corps units, and he served two years on the Army staff at the Pentagon. Frank commanded a field artillery battalion in South Korea and a brigade at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. His last tour at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was as the project officer responsible for the development and building of the first computer-supported simulation exercise.
Upon his retirement, he received the Legion of Merit award for his service. Following his Army career, he worked for various civilian defense contractors that conducted brigade and division simulation supported combat exercises. He is an active member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW). These two organizations award scholarships and leadership courses for our young people. He and his wife Beth reside in Lawton, Oklahoma.