Landry, Thomas Wade, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-17
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, AAF MOS 1092, Army Air Corps
Service Years
1942 - 1945


First Lieutenant

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Home Town
Mission, Texas
Last Address
Dallas, Texas

Date of Passing
Feb 12, 2000
Location of Interment
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park - Dallas, Texas
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Honorably Discharged WW II

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Last Known Activity

Hall of Fame Professional Football Coach. A native of Texas, he served during World War II as a bomber pilot. After the war he attended the University of Texas. In 1949 he played for the New York Yankees in the old All-America Conference. That league folded and Landry played for the New York Giants from 1950 through 1955, the last two years as a player coach. He is credited with inventing the 4 - 3 defense which is most used in football today. In 1960 he became the first coach of the expansion Dallas Cowboys, a team that he would coach for 29 years, during which won 13 division titles and he took the team to 5 Super Bowls, winning 2. On at least 2 other occasions he missed going to the Super Bowl on the last play of the decided game. He was known as a defensive genius and under his coaching the Cowboys always had a great defense. He started out with seven losing seasons in Dallas, but wound up his career with a record of 270-178-6. Member of the pro football Hall of Fame.

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 Unit Assignments
Army Air Corps
  1942-1945, AAF MOS 1092, Army Air Corps
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 Colleges Attended 
University of Texas at AustinUniversity of Texas at AustinUniversity of Houston
  1940-1942, University of Texas at Austin
  1946-1949, University of Texas at Austin
  1949-1952, University of Houston
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