Gonzalez, Luis, SSG

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2008-2009, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
2001 - 2009
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Staff Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1982
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Queens
Last Address
South Ozone Park, NY

Casualty Date
Oct 27, 2009
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Saint Michaels Cemetery - East Elmhurst, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 2nd Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur


 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2009, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
5th Brigade Stryker, 2nd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
  2008-2009, 11B10, 5th Brigade Stryker, 2nd Infantry Division
  2008-2009, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
  2007-2008 OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
  2009-2009 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt First Class Gonzalez was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, South Camp Vilseck, Germany as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle driver. He was one of seven soldiers killed in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
Luis had a commanding presence that seemed to make him a good fit for the Army. "When he walked in the room, he walked heavy, he spoke loud, and he was always noticed," said his mother, Bienvenida Gonzalez. The 27-year-old Queens, N.Y., native had dreamed for years of joining the Army and enlisted eight years ago after graduating from high school. He distinguished himself by earning more than 23 medals, including the Bronze Star. Gonzalez served twice in Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan in July. During his second Iraq tour, he provided security for high-level diplomats, military leaders and reporters. Gonzalez grew up in the Corona area of Queens, but later moved to the South Ozone Park neighborhood. Gonzalez, an avid New York Yankees fan, had a wife, Jessica, and son. He always was the life of the party, his mother said. "He was a good boy, very happy," she said. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" device (two awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (two awards), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (three awards), Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.
   
Comments/Citation
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