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Greg after graduating from the U.S. Infantry School

Captain Gregory Galeazzi was born on October 11th, 1985 in Hartford, CT.  The youngest of seven children, Greg grew up in nearby Glastonbury, CT where he enjoyed an active childhood.  He participated in athletics, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, was elected to the school’s student council, and faithfully served his local community/church.

Upon graduating from Glastonbury High School in 2003, Greg attended Loyola University in Maryland; earning a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in marketing.  While at Loyola, he was also an active member of the school’s Army ROTC program, which served as the launching point for his military experience. In May of 2007, Greg was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  After completing initial training such as Airborne (Parachute Infantry) School, the Basic Officer Leaders Course, and the Infantry Officers Basic Course, he completed the rigorous US Army Ranger School, earning his Ranger tab in the fall of 2008.

Subsequently assigned to the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division, Greg was stationed at Fort Carson, CO.  In the summer of 2010 he began a one-year deployment to Southeastern Afghanistan, working to provide both security and vital training to the local populace.  The majority of Greg’s time was spent as an infantry platoon leader, operating daily patrols to seek out the Taliban and engage the Afghan citizenry in order to address their needs. Among Afghans and Americans alike, he was known as a strong, fair leader, who always put the needs of others first.

On May 26th, 2011 Greg was seriously wounded while conducting a dismounted patrol in Kandahar Province.  The blast caused severe injuries to his legs, requiring above the knee amputations on both limbs, and his right arm was critically damaged.  Greg has since been moved to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, where he continues his long road to recovery.

In the future Greg hopes to attend graduate school, possibly in the medical field. With a new outlook on life, he also looks forward to spending many happy years together with friends and family. Regardless, Greg will continue to touch the lives of those around him and strive for the best in all of his endeavors, no matter what challenges life throws at him.

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  1. Greetings Ranger Galeazzi, a fellow Ranger posted your link via the Ranger Association (I’m a member) will send you a connect and an invite to visit Alaska when you can; will explain more later. Hang tough, greetings to family, your friends, fellow soldiers, docs, therapists. One Team, you are loved brother. RLTW. Chris

    July 29, 2011
  2. Terri Cooper #

    Hi Greg,

    Great photo of you and your nephews and to see you out of bed! Hope to visit again soon but in the meantime you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers every day.

    Take care

    God Bless
    Terri

    July 31, 2011
  3. Charles Firneno #

    Hi Greg,
    Thank you for taking the place of so many of us on the front line. I look forward to hearing of your continued progress and one day meeting you.
    Charles

    August 1, 2011
  4. Gal Sivan #

    Hi Greg,

    As a classmate of Steve’s, when I heard from him about you I was deeply touched. Coming from Israel where acts of terrorism and violence are not infrequent, for what it’s worth at this hard moment, I can’t be grateful enough for the sacrifice that you have made.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and I wish you a quick recovery. If there is anything I can do for you or your family, please feel free to contact me.

    Gal

    August 3, 2011
  5. Matt Williams #

    Greg,

    Hang in there buddy, I know you will pull through this and always know that me and the guys will always be here for you no matter where we are. You and I quickly became good friends and I must say a tough pair to be delt with and we will always be that way. You contact me if you need anything. I’ll see you very soon. Love you brother.

    Matt

    August 3, 2011
  6. Kate Ruggieri #

    Dear Greg,

    You put your life on the line to keep us safe, thank you You will always be in my prayers, God Bless You.

    Kate

    August 13, 2011
  7. Dear Greg,

    Thank you for putting your life on the line for our freedom in this country. You have been through so much and my heartfelt concerns and prayers go out to you. Stay strong and you will overcome all.

    Kim

    September 30, 2011
  8. Colleen A Small #

    Dear Greg,
    You are in my prayer’s daily. God Bless you !

    Colleen A Small (Zach A Small’s mom)

    October 7, 2011
  9. Bethany and Joe #

    Greg,

    Joe and I think of you constantly and pray for your recovery. We are both touched and moved with your continued dedication. We KNOW you will get better – there is no doubt in our mind. You are an amazing individual –

    Fight the Good Fight of Faith –

    Love,
    Beth Vollmer and Joe Marullo

    November 10, 2011
  10. Robert Fritschy #

    Hello Greg, Veterans day is a day to reflect and you are the first person I thought of today. You are a hero to be honored by all. Thank you for your sacrifice. I am glad to hear your arm surgery went well and pray for your continued healing and pain relief. Terrie Cooper here in NJ let me know about you. She knows I support the Wounded Warrior Project and all who have and are serving. I have followed your story for a long time now. You are amazing. You bring strength to us who are going through life with “normal” issues, putting our lives into perpective. We are all blessed and hearing your story slaps us back into realtiy and makes us all realize how blessed we are to be healthy and protected by men and women like you. GOD BLESS YOU! THANK YOU, Continued healing and LESS PAIN.
    Bob Fritschy, NJ

    November 11, 2011
  11. Vonda Watson-Bostick #

    Greg, I am a friend of Summer’s mother, Misty. I am in her ceramics class, and I have followed closely online everything about what is happening to you since you were injured in Afghanistan in May of this year.
    First of all, I fervently believe in the power of prayer, and that it affects our lives miraculously and positively in ways beyond our imagining. God is in the business of giving you more good things than you could ever expect. A wonderful aspect of the spiritual battle for right, truth, and good is that God takes the worst of circumstances and from them produces amazingly profound benefits. Having said all of that, I assure you that you have been and will remain in my prayers. Again, I know that prayer is a tool God wants me to use every day of my life because it truly helps good things happen.
    Greg, I look at the photos on your website, read your comments and those of family and friends, and consider what a remarkable person you are. I have never met you, but I feel like I know you, at least to some degree. I honor your sacrifice, your pain, your bravery, and your fortitude. I honor the good man that you are, and the extraordinary future our Lord has designed for you. No matter how difficult your days are now, be assured that the times ahead will be worth the struggle. Blessings!!
    Vonda

    November 15, 2011
  12. Lauren #

    Hi Greg,

    I grew up across the street from your family in Guilford. They moved before you were born so we never met. I am so sorry to hear about all you are going through. You are so brave and a hero to this Country! Thank you and I hope you have a speedy recovery.

    January 9, 2012
  13. John Olson #

    Captain Galeazzi:
    My wife and I learned of your story through my son, Jeremiah Olson, who serves in the USAF Reserves in Colorado Springs, CO.

    Thank you for your service, and for inspiring us all with your courage, fortitude, and perseverance.

    Never retreat — always advance the cause of freedom and justice for all.

    Warmest Regards,
    John

    Redmond, WA

    January 20, 2012
  14. Young warrior, The Ranger Ranch awaits you and your family. A place where warriors gather to fellowship, shoot, sit by the fire, and eat. Well over 500 current, former, and future warriors have come here under the trees to dwell on what’s important. Themselves, their families, their faith, and the future.
    You will honor us with your visit . Now drive on, make believers out of the naysayors and the rest of the Warrior Community will merely nod their heads and say “yup, knew the boy would fine”.

    RLTW

    February 2, 2012
  15. Jessica #

    Dear Greg,

    I live in Glastonbury and am a senior at GHS. I want to thank you for everything you have done and everything you have sacraficed to protect our country and our freedom. You are an inspiration to all. I hope you are feeling better and you will always be in my prayers.

    Love,
    Jessica

    February 5, 2012
  16. Linda Maynard #

    Hi Greg…
    I remember reading about you in the Glastonbury Citizen, when they reported your injuries.
    My heart was so saddened and yet I longed to tell you Thank You for your service to our country.
    Time passed and I didn’t follow through with getting the information but all of a sudden you came to mind a week or so ago.
    I like to encourage people and pray for them…often a certain person will come to mind and I will call or write them. More often than not, they will share that they just needed the prayer or encouragement and it was no coincidence that I got in touch with them at that particular time.
    I honestly don’t feel it is really a “coincidence” but rather a gentle nudge from God to reach out to a particular person.
    That’s how I feel about thinking about you. It was as if I could not shake the thought…”find out how to contact this young man”
    I don’t pretend to understand why what has happened to you has occurred. What I do see reading your blog is a very wonderful young man with a supportive family and friends and girlfriend.
    You are a very fortunate man to have such love and support.
    So I do want to say Thank You for serving our country. I respect you and admire your strength and tenacity.
    I pray for your ongoing recovery and for all of your needs to be met…whether physical…emotional…or spiritual.
    May God continue to watch over you and your family and give each of you everything that you need for each new day.. May every single medical person who treats you have wisdom and excellent skills,. May you always be treated with kindness and dignity.
    May the years ahead be filled with hope and recovery and may you take this trip of recovery…one step at a time…one day at a time…
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers
    Linda Maynard ( from Glastonbury CT)

    March 20, 2012
  17. Upendra #

    Dear Greg,

    You are a source of inspiration for us all. May God guide you along the path to a speedy recovery.

    Best Regards
    Upendra

    May 17, 2012
  18. Rohini #

    You have shown so much courage in the last year and I hope that you continue to grow stronger with every passing day.

    May 17, 2012
  19. Hans Crews Jr #

    Hello Hero. I would like to be another one to offer my prayers to you. You made such a huge sacrifice in the name of “Freedom” that I can’t begin to tell you how much that means to me an American working in a foreign country (Korea). I wish you God speed and a good life to come. Take care God looks in on you everyday.

    May 21, 2012
  20. A.J. Nagle #

    Just wanted to introduce myself and also thank you for your service to our country. My name is A.J. and I am Stacey’s husbands brother. I just read some of your blog and am quite impressed with your courage and persistence. I can kind of relate what you are going through…7 years ago I broke my neck and I am now in a wheelchair. This hasn’t stopped me from continuing on with my life and from what I hear from Stacey, sounds like you’ve got the right attitude and will be quite the active guy. I’m not gonna lie to…I’m also going to try and recruit you to play some Quad Rugby (murderball). But first things first, rehab! Please hit me up any time. Colorado has countless of sports and activities that are sponsored through PVA, Adaptive Adventures, National Sports Center for the Disabled, and more. My friend built a web site that lists activities/resources throughout the U.S…check it out….Sportsabilities.com. God Bless!

    June 20, 2012
  21. Jana #

    Hi Greg,
    Growing up in Guilford I was friends with your sister Claire and remember when your mother was pregnant with you. Although your family moved to Glastonbury, for me, I can’t remember my childhood without the Galeazzi family being a part of it. My older sister told me about your accident and I have been following your progress on this site. I just wanted to tell you that I am proud of you, of your strength and courage, and your optimism. I can imagine some days aren’t as bright as others, but keep on fighting. I wish you all the happiness this precious life can offer and I thank you for your service.
    Sincerely, your former neighbor and fellow Greyhound,
    Jana Eliseo

    July 23, 2012
  22. Matt Rahmani #

    Hi Greg,

    I worked with Steve at Deloitte Consulting back in 2010/2011. (My team was the one which made you Holiday cookies and sent them overseas). I just wanted to tell you that I continue to follow your story since Steve let us know, and you serve as inspiration everyday. You are incredibly brave, have immense strength, and have served your country and your people an infinite amount more than I could ever do. As someone who is religious, it is a good feeling to know it is people like you that continue to keep up the balance of good in our world, and I truly thank you. I wish you much blessings and happiness to come. Also, Steve is a class act, and I’m sure as him, the rest of the family follows suit – it’s comforting knowing you have the love of an amazing family close by. Thank you for your service and for your courage.

    Best,
    Matt

    September 12, 2012
  23. Lisa, Jay, Nicholas and Zachary Bremmer #

    Dear Greg.

    We live in Glastonbury and came across your website through our son’s CCD teacher from St. Dunstan’s Church. While we haven’t known you until now, we owe you our most sincere thanks for sacrificing yourself in order to keep us out of harm’s way. Very few maintain the capacity to remain selfless throughout their lives. Most expect something in return for such generosity. You represent one of life’s greatest inspirations to those around you and, especially, for the children you have met along the way. You have proven your unwavering loyalty to your country without a shadow of a doubt. Now it is our turn to prove our loyalty to you and your comrades for all you have and will continue to do throughout your lifetime. Please accept our humble support. We will keep you in our family prayers, praying for peace to fill your heart and, by the grace of God, a healthy recovery so that you may achieve the future goals you have set for yourself. God bless you, Greg. Heal well and know your country most humbly offers its appreciation for your immense sacrifices. You’ve made our world a better place in which to live. – The Bremmer Family, Glastonbury, CT

    October 8, 2012
  24. Marina #

    Captain Greg,

    As a mother of an Infantry Captain, Airborne and Ranger, I tremendously appreciate each and every one of you, Soldiers, who do what the majority of us won’t do. Greg, I don’t know you personally, but I know you did your job without a single complaint, without sleep or rest, without weekends or holidays, giving it 200 percent day in and day out. With dignity and honor you did your job. As you go through the challenge of recovery, keep up a good fight, Captain, keep fighting for your recovery day in and day out with all your mighty strength. With dignity and honor you will win this battle, Soldier. May God always bless you and your family, may your strength and courage be always bigger than the pain, may your future be everything you want it to be, may love of everyone who knows you, and knows of you, surround you always.

    October 9, 2012
  25. James Romero #

    Greetings Greg. I sat next you on the plane from San Antonio to Philly yesterday. How bout them Patriots??? Pleasure speaking with you.

    November 18, 2012
  26. katherine hamilton #

    thank you for serving our country please get well soon capt galeazzi

    November 20, 2012
  27. Sheila Wile #

    Hi Greg,

    I am a wife of a Canadian soldier who served in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2008. So many lives have been lost, dismantled, torn apart from us. I truly must say your courage and will power is exceptional in itself. Hang in there fellow, my heart goes close to you.

    Hugs

    November 20, 2012
  28. Caitlin #

    Sir,

    It is a honor to know that you were once a member of the Greyhound Battalion. In May, I will commission as a 2nd LT from Loyola University. You are known as a Hero amongst our ranks. If you ever decide to visit our Battalion again, it would be such an honor.

    November 26, 2012
  29. Ellyn M. Kelly #

    Hello, Greg, I am Ryan Kelly’s mother. I worked in the Guidance office at Glastonbury High School when you and your brothers went through. Your brother John played lacrosse with Ryan.

    I want you to know that I am in awe of the sacrifice that you have made for me and the rest of the citizens of the United States of America. I wish you the best of luck in your recovery and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love

    February 23, 2013
  30. Keith Greer #

    Greg – “Galeazzi” as you were called in IOBC. Truly saddened to hear what happened but glad to know you pulled through. Your resiliency to overcome anything is unprecedented. I remember our many conversations before leaving for Ranger School and you were always ready to take on what most of us considered the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced. We laughed hysterically about the thought of going to Ranger school, but needless to say we embraced it with courage and overcame. Thanks for your sacrifice. This definitely hits home every time I look back and personally see one of my comrades, my brother in arms, put it all on the line for the country. Greg, you embody what it means to serve. RLTW.

    Duty, Honor, Country

    May 12, 2013
  31. Mike, Amy, and Joshua Mantegna #

    Greg, I met you yesterday at Bethesda Naval while on a service call. You’re an inspiration! It’s really a small world knowing that you’re a Loyola Alum just like my better half. Hang in there and keep working! Also, I loved hearing that you want to possibly be a PA-great goal, get after it! Take care and see you soon. God bless.

    June 5, 2013
  32. Gretchen Sweeten #

    Good morning, Greg,
    I just read the inspiring article about you in the San Antonio paper. It brought tears to my eyes as feelings of respect and gratitude welled up inside me. You see, I am a seventh grade teacher here in Kerrville, Texas. Often times my students, who this coming year will be mostly boys, see their worlds through life’s distorted lenses of false idols and misguided hero worship. Their scope of reference is often narrow, and worthy role models are limited.

    You, however, Captain Galeazzi, represent all that is good and right in this troubled world. You are the hero I want them to know. You have accomplished more than most of us ordinary folks will ever understand or imagine. A mere thank you is inadequate, but it is all I can muster at this moment.

    I am truly grateful that I got to know you through my summer morning routine of a cup of coffee and the San Antonio Express news. Knowing about you has enriched my day, my week, my summer. School will be starting soon. We always begin the year with character development – doing the right thing when no one is looking. Your exemplary service on and off the fiend of battle will be an abundant resource for my lessons. I have cut the article about you and you good deed from the paper and will take it to my classroom where I will introduce you, your honesty and act of kindness to my twelve and thirteen year old boys.

    I will see that they know you and all that your life represents. May God bless you and keep you safe always.

    Most respectfully yours,
    Gretchen Sweeten

    August 15, 2013
  33. Mary Beth Mangan #

    You rocked it @ Deserttrip, YOU made an incredible night, even more amazing!! Saw you both Sunday’s, best to you, proud of you, thank you for your gallantry. Rock on

    October 17, 2016
  34. Dan sherwood #

    Just reading your inspirational story and wondering if our paths had crossed. I was an MD at the ROLE 3 Trauma hospital in Kandahar Feb -Aug 2011 and was one of 2 Navy Radiologists assigned to the Hospital/Trauma teams. We had so many patients come through our Trauma bays and to this day remember very few names (on purpose I suppose). It is heartwarming to see your story and know of your recovery. May of 2011 was a very busy and many times tragic month for us at the ROLE 3 and my time there has changed who I was forever. I am however grateful for the chance to have helped in any way possible. Good luck continuing your medical education and let me put a plug in for Radiology! It’s a great field and I love my work. Continue to get better each day and may God bless you every day.

    August 16, 2017

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