CHAPA, LORENZO JR.
Rank / Branch:
SGT E-5, U.S. ARMY
101ST AIRBORNE DIVIS
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE SMALL ARMS F
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LORENZO CHAPA JR, SERGEANT, U.S. ARMY, SAN ANGELO, TOM GREEN COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Lorenzo was born and raised in San Angelo, Texas. He was the youngest of four children born to Clara Ortega and Lorenzo Chapa, Sr. He attended San Angelo schools. He attended Edison Junior High School and in his freshman year he was the President of the Student Body. He attended San Angelo Central High School and was a member of the AFS, Science Club, Math and Gavel Club, Key Club, Spanish Club, Advisory Council and the Speedreading Club. He graduated from Central in 1967.
San Angelo Central High School, Class of 1967
After high school, he worked for a while and he was drafted into the Army in February 1968. He completed basic training and AIT at Fort Polk, Louisiana and was selected to attend the NCO academny at Harmony Church, Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed the course as a member of the 82nd Company, Class 9-69 on November 26, 1968. He was promoted to Sergeant E-5 upon graduation. One of his classmates was Walter Bedford Lowe, Jr. of Garden City, Texas who also perished in Vietnam and is buried in San Angelo.
Lorenzo completed additional leadership schools at Fort Ord and Fort Polk and also completed jungle training. He began his tour in Vietnam on September 1, 1969. He was assigned as a squad leader with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He died in hostile action from small arms fire on October 26, 1969. He had been in country less than 2 months.
He was buried with full military honors at the Fairmont Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas. He was survived his parents, his two brothers, Juan and George and by his sister, Rebecca.
Fairmont Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas