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1LT Osbaldo Orozco

Delano, Kern County, California, USA
Death 25 Apr 2003 (aged 26)
Tikrit, Salah ad Din, Iraq
Burial Delano, Kern County, California, USA
Memorial ID 11272812 · View Source
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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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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Osbaldo Orozco (19 Mar 1977–25 Apr 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11272812, citing North Kern Cemetery, Delano, Kern County, California, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .