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.