Baltazar, Christopher Shawn, Jr., LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
2008-2009, 0311, D Co, 2nd LAR Bn
Service Years
2007 - 2009

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1989
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Antonio
Last Address
San Antonio, Tx.

Casualty Date
Sep 03, 2009
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 40 Site 1126

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School of Infantry  EAST (SOI East)2D Light Armored Recon Bn (LAR)2nd LAR Bn, 2nd Marine Division
  2008-2008, 0311, School of Infantry EAST (SOI East)
  2008-2009, 2D Light Armored Recon Bn (LAR)
  2008-2009, 0311, D Co, 2nd LAR Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2009-2009 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation II (2006 - 2009)/Operation Khanjar
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Last Known Activity
Fighting the Afghanistan War.
   
Comments/Citation
Birth: Sep. 23, 1989
Valhalla
Westchester County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 2009
Helmend Province
Helmand, Afghanistan

Christopher Shawn Baltazar, Jr was the first of two sons born to Christopher Shawn Baltazar Sr. and Beatrize Santigo. When he was four years old his mother and father divorced. Two years later Christopher and his brother Brendon joined their mother who was active duty Army and stationed at Fort Sam Houston Army Base in San Antonio, Texas. Within two years his mother moved to Augusta Gegoria and remarried Clarence Alberts Jr. and he gained a step-brother, Joshua. A year later his sister Alexus was born. The next year the family relocated to Germany. Shortly afterwards his mother moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. After that the children all moved back to San Antonio Texas to live with grandparents. Christopher excelled in boy scouts all through elementary.

When his parents returned the family continued to live in San Antonio until after Christopher graduated from high school. While in high school Christopher excelled in ROTC. In 2007 Christopher graduated from Judson High School. The same year he joined the US Marine Corp. He did his basic training in San Diego, Calf. After completing basic training Christopher was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. The last trip home was in May-June of 2009 just prior to being sent to Afghanistan.

The following announcment was released the day after Christopher was killed in action in Afghanistan:


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Baltazar Jr., 19, of San Antonio, Texas, died Sept. 3 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lance Cpl. Christopher Baltazar, a 19-year-old Judson graduate, was killed in Afghanistan this week after stepping on a pressure-activated explosive.

Friends and family members remembered Baltazar as a carefree, happy person who wanted throughout his teen-age years to become a Marine.

Baltazar was interested in orienteering, the discipline of finding one's way when lost, during his four years in Junior ROTC.

San Antonio Express & News

Christopher was one of three killed in this explosion. Christopher leaves to mourn his passing his parents, grandparents, brothers, sister, step-father and family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
   
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