Soldier Honored: Kristofferson B. Lorenzon
Hometown: Chula Vista
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Army Staff Sergeant Kristofferson B. Lorenzo, 33, of Chula Vista, Calif., was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He served as an Infantryman in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. On May 23, 2011, SSG Lorenzo and three soldiers were killed when their unit was attacked by enemy forces using an improvised explosive device.
SSG Lorenzo left Manila as a child and had a perennial smile according to those who knew him. Married and the father of two young boys, he was also a whiz mechanic, fixing buddies’ brakes in exchange for a good meal or some laughs. SSG Lorenzo was a graduate of Mount Miguel High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in September of 2000 with several high school buddies.
SSG Lorenzo’s greatest pleasures were family, friends and good food. He also enjoyed meeting others and took great pride in his ancestry, striking up conversations with complete strangers about his Filipino heritage.
SSG Lorenzo is survived by a wife and two sons, both of whom are recipients of the Folds of Honor Children’s Fund Scholarship.