Army Ranger from Leavenworth remembered as hometown hero
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. - November has become the deadliest month for U.S. forces in 2018. A roadside bomb killed three American service members in Afghanistan, and in the last month - five Americans have been killed in Afghanistan.
These latest military deaths follow the loss of another American hero who grew up in Leavenworth, and was killed during a recent combat mission.
Kind-hearted and humble is how Sgt. Leandro Jasso is remembered by Elia Ala’ilima-Daley, his former principal at Cascade High School in Leavenworth.
“We just know that he was out there doing the best job he knew how to do and can make us all proud,” said Ala’ilima-Daley.
“Lando" is how Jasso was known in his hometown and even as a student he knew he wanted to serve.
“It was kind of shocking to see what he was able to accomplish in such a short time,” Ala’ilima-Daley said.
On Saturday the Army Ranger was battling al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan when he was accidentally shot by friendly Afghan troops.
“All I know is that we lost a son of ours here in our district and it's just something you can't get back,” Ala’ilima-Daley said.
Jasso's body returned to U.S. soil earlier this week and the people of Leavenworth are ready to show their respects.
A funeral service will be held in the high school gym at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, and will include full military honors.