Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco

26, of Delano, California.
Died when his vehicle rolled over while traveling through rough terrain. His unit was the quick reaction force and was responding to enemy fire. He was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 25, 2003.

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"Baldo,
I remember you when I worked at Cal Poly and I saluted you at the memorial they had. I have had plenty of my own classmates join you since but yours was a gut shot. You epitomized everything that was right about being a Californian and an American soldier. As I sit here in Iraq 12 fricken years later, I send this Christmas prayer to you and your family. God Bless you, you crazy *..."
Capt. Jack of Iraq

"Osbaldo. I still remember you from our time at SLO ROTC and remember the shock when I heard you were gone. Still praying for you and your family."
Philip Kwong, LTC (R) of Colorado Springs, CO

"Lt. Orozco,
Sir, it has been 10 years since your death but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Thinking of you today..."
Joe Munoz of Detroit , Michigan

"First off I wanna take this time to thank every service member out there and thank my big cousin baldo you were always a bad * I looked up to u primo always looking after every one treating everyone like family cuz you truly are missed by everyone I wish I had time to sit and talk with u again but your up there looking after usthe pain will never go away it hurts just like the day I found out..... P.s you were a beast Fernando Orozco Jr"
your little cousin fernie of delano,ca USA

"It's Jackie. I only remember a few about you. I really miss you. I wish we had time to meet & get to know eachother better."
Jackie Orozco of Delano, California

"LT !! Big Bad Mexican was my nickname for you !! Seems like only yesterday we were in Iraq and u gave me one of ur cup of noodles ur wife send you in a care package in exchange for a can of spam I had ! LoL ! Or right before we left to Iraq u was changing in my room getting ready to head out and rushing me ! Lt, u was a great leader a great friend and a great role model ! U always kept the moral high and always lead by example .. ! U was always first to say I'm down let go get the job down and be right at out side ! U are truly missed I keep u in my prayers everytime.. I told u how I always wanted to be a police officer and u told me to go for it and gave great advice well Lt i took that advice and been a police officer for the NYPD going on 7 years now ! And everytime I go on patrol I know I have u watching my 6o'clock ! LoL ! Miss u and u will always be remembered and in my thoughts and prayers ! Anyone from 1-22in feel free to email me Puertorock823@aol.com"
JOSE BARBOSA of Brooklyn, New York

"Baldo,
I've never seen this website but I just wanted to second what everyone has said about you. It was a pleasure to know and serve with you. You meant so much to so many. RIP Bro."
Sgt. John Garza 1-22 of Colorado Springs, CO

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, Ohio USA

"As my sons 6th anniversary is tommorow,i was looking at his pictures and came across the (memorial ball) panphlet and 1lt orozco name along with spc wheeler, dj talked highly of osbaldo, and i wanted you to know of my respect of the 1Lt, and they ,along with the other fallen are not forgotten."
Don Wheeler of Concord ,mi

"First let me say that, I still think of you LT. Orozco. I work with young kids and tell them of a young Hero who cared for his men. You will never by forgotten. I known the lord took you at young age, but he needed an Angel to watch over us and your family. I include your wife and family in my prayers still. God gave us a gift, You."
SFC (Ret) Yslas of Colorado Springs, CO.

"You are truly missed!"
Amy Perez of Earlimart, Ca.

"Hey bro i alwawys remember you all the time,most on firday nights under the football lights knowing that you never had the chance to see me play,but i know that you are up above looking over me when im at work I you love Bro, doble o forever!"
Ozzie Orozco of Earlimart/Delano California

"Hey Bro,
It is the month and almost the day that you fell over here in IRAQ... I miss you man..you are in my thought and prayers everyday i know that you are watching over me on my 4th tour over here man..
I am with the 101st now. I remember us talking about going to the 101st together well your here now with me and like i said i know you are watching over me.
I know you are in a better place and i know one day i will see you on that distant battle field bro and we will be all reunited together again... you were the best LT i have ever had noone compares to you thus far you cared about your NCO's and soldiers i wish more LT's could be like you. God bless you man you will always be in my mind and prayers
"GO EASY BRO"
"DIRTY DEUCE"
SSG.MEAD,DON"
SSG.Mead,Don of clarksville, tn

"We had some good times before we left for Iraq. i still remember the thursdays at the Pattons Inn. Took me a couple weeks to find out you were gone but it sadden me very much. I wish you were still here."
Cpl Owens of Vicenza, Italy

"January 12, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco:
Osbaldo gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Lt. Orozco,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading the reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish that I had the privilege of serving with you-you sound like you were one of hell of a soldier and person.

"Deeds, Not Words"(22nd Inf. Motto)"

"LT, you were a leader of men. You stuck your neck out for me, fought for me, and gave me a second chance. I was right there with you the first couple times we came under fire and seeing your courage made me cast my fears aside and find my own courage. I couldn't believe nor did I want to believe that you were gone. I still find it hard to believe. I'm sure that heaven became a better place once you set foot there."
Jim Carpenter of St. Cloud, Fl

"I am taking part in a memorial to the fallen in Iraq. I was given the name of Osbaldo to personally display at this service to be held March 18, 2007 at the state capital of New York at Albany.. I will do so with great respect and admiration for his bravery."
James McLean of Albany, New York

"Dear Baldo and your Family, I was never in your platoon, but we did serve in the same Company in Iraq 2003-2004. The fondest memory is your Birthday party we had for you at your house. Remember when we said we had "party girls" waiting for you outside, then we just jumped you? Well it took like 4 or 5 of us to get you down cause you were so big. That is the only way I can describe you. I only wish that I was under your leadership, but maybe when we run into each other next time eh? I LOVE YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU CARNAL!!!"
SSG Garza, Jaime H. of Alamo, Tx USA!!!

"To the Family of Baldo,

It has been sometime now since the loss of one of the finest Platoon Leaders I have ever had the privilege to serve with.
I remember that faithful night like it was yesterday. I often find myself thinking of it, especially as a group of the Cobras come together. As the great unit you were and are still a part of goes back for another rotation, I know you will be watching over them all. As you did on a daily basis while you were here with us.
To the Family, my heart goes out to you all on a daily basis. Thank you so much for allowing him to be a part of our lives. Dirty Deuce will always be his legacy!
Baldo, you truly left an impact on those Soldiers, as well as me! Just know that I was and will always be, Your First Sergeant! Rest in peace buddy, you are truly in a better place.
God Bless."
1SG Evans of C Co 1-22 IN MECH Fort Hood, Texas

"To the family of:Osbaldo Orazco I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"To the Osbaldo Orozco Family your son was a great hero and a big role model to all of us.Your son will always be remembered in each of our hearts. And rest in peace Osbaldo Orozco...I want to have the same attitude and leadership just like you because your my role model and i am going to Delano High School and is currently playing football...REST IN PEACE OSBALDO OROZCO!!!"
Artemio Pabros of Earlimart, California

"Although we have never met, I have heard so much about you, I see your picture alot in the halls of your high school and the city of Delano,CA.. I was in Iraq about the same time you lost your life, and now we are joined together because god's faith has brought us together , you see, i'm the ARMY RECRUITER for the high school that you graduated from,and the city where you lived, your an inspriation to many young people in the city of Delano and Earlimart.Rest in Peace "BALDO".."
SSG RAYMUNDO A ROSALES of US ARMY RECRUITER , BAKERSFIELD ,CA

"To a Great soldier and Officer of the 1stBn 22nd Infantry! You will always be remembered... Thank you for your ultimate sacrafice!"
SFC (Retired) Robert Soden of Killeen, Texas

"To a older brother that none of us had, to an angel that looked after me and the rest of our platoon. LT we all miss you and most of all its hard going on knowing you aint around no more. There is no words to explain what kind of a man you were because everything about you was great. You kept us motivated, and you knew how to put a smile on my face. Im never gonna forget you LT and I always gonna remember the fun times we had together, especially with our platoon. Now you in a safer place and I will see you when I get there. To the Orozco Family, your son was the best LT that a soldier could ever ask for. My greatest condolences go out to you guys and especially to his wife. REST IN PEACE BROTHER IM GONNA MISS YOU

DIRTY DEUCE ALWAYS, 2ND PLATOON"
Robert Pena of San Antonio TX

"I did not know Osbaldo or his family but me and my husband were watching the show "Echoes of War" and his story came on-It was the saddest show I have ever seen and my husband and I were really touched by the fact that this gentlemen went out to IRAQ and was fighting for our freedom. To the Orozco family-I will always remember your brave son and keep him in my thoughts and prayers."
Rigo and Selina Zapien of Hayward CA

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Baldo's family and friends. Baldo is an inspiration and role model to us all. He will always hold a special place in our hearts."
The Rodriquez Family of Delano, CA

"I SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. HE WAS WITH ME IN IOBC AND I DONT HAVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE HIM AS A PERSO AND AS AN OFFICER.REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER."
1LT LOYOLA LUIS of PENUELAS, PR

"To the family of 1st Lt Osbaldo Orozco:

I send my deepest condolences. We will never forget what a great football player, soldier and friend he was.

v/r,"
1st Lt Janabajal, Jay-Jay, USMC

"one year later: We NEVER forget!
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Osbaldo will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Lieutenant Orozco, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Baldo,
It's been a long time since you were a CDT Major and gave me my first eval. I bring greetings from all the Cal Poly LBGs. I wanted to let you know I'm going to your sister unit, the 1st Cav and heading to Baghdad. Thanks for being a mentor. To his family I give my most heartfelt thanks for sharing him with us."
2Lt David Coyle of San Luis Obispo, Ca

"Thank you Osbaldo Orozco, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"We thank you for the sacrafice Osbaldo made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier!"
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Mayra I am hear for you in your time of hardship. I know your crushed but he has helped an inspired so many people. I know cause i am one of them. Love always Krissy"
Krissy Scott-LaBoca of las vegas nv usa

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Osbaldo for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Osbaldo, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on