SFC Luis M. Gonzalez Street

Luis Manuel Gonzalez (1982-2009) was a Queens native who went to Flushing High School. He had dreamed for years of joining the Army and enlisted after graduating from high school in 2002, he had a commanding presence that made him a good fit for the Army. Assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, he was killed in combat in Afghanistan, along with six other soldiers, when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Sargent First Class 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 distinguished himself by earning more than twenty-three medals, including the Bronze Star. Gonzalez served twice in Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan.


“SFC Luis Manuel Gonzalez,” FindAGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43677462/luis-manuel-gonzalez

“Burying band of brothers,” NY Post, November 19, 2010, https://nypost.com/2010/11/19/burying-band-of-brothers/