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1LT Osbaldo Orozco
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1977
Delano
Kern County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 2003
Tikrit
Salah ad Din, Iraq

Army 1st Lt. Orozco was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Orozco died while near a checkpoint under fire in Tikrit. He was killed when his Bradley tank flipped over while traveling through rough terrain as it was responding to enemy fire and maneuvered into position to return fire. His unit was the quick reaction force. Osbaldo was born to Jorge and Reyes Orozco, the second of five sons. Raised in Earlimart, he attended Earlimart Elementary and Middle Schools and was a 1995 graduate of Delano High School, where, on the football field, he proved himself a natural leader. Osbaldo played varsity football for three years, making all-valley, all-area and all-state teams. At 6-foot-one, 225 pounds his senior year, he was recruited by many colleges, but chose Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he attended on full football scholarship. Easy going off the field, but relentless on, Osbaldo was named to the NCAA Division 1-AA Independent first team his sophomore year and racked up 300 total tackles by the end of his college career. Osbaldo joined the ROTC while at Cal Poly and fell in love with the rigors and discipline of military life. He earned his commission as an officer in the U.S. Army on June 16, 2001, the day he graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in social sciences. Osbaldo married Mayra Mendez the week following graduation and the couple moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, where they lived 11 months, then moved to Fort Hood, Texas, where he joined the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment and trained to lead Bradley fighting vehicles into battle. Mayra spoke with pride of her husband and his love for her, his parents, his country and his cat, "Estrellita," which is Spanish for "little star." "He loved that cat so much," his wife said. "He found her at (an animal shelter) and bought her a bow and a little bell to wear. After the Army, he thought he would go into the FBI or the CIA. His men adored him and respected him. He was ready to go and do his job. They all were." 
 
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1LT US ARMY IRAQ
LOVING HUSBAND SON BROTHER AND UNCLE
 
Burial:
North Kern Cemetery
Delano
Kern County
California, USA
 
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Jul 01, 2005
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Lifting up you and your loved ones in prayers this day. Remembering we do not forget.
- Chaplain WD
 Added: May. 30, 2016
In remembrance of you and your service to our country. God Bless.
- R. Owens
 Added: May. 23, 2016
May God keep you in His loving arms until reunited with your beloved family-
- Debbie
 Added: May. 15, 2016
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