Rob Guzzo was a football star and Navy SEAL. There are a lot of different personalities in the SEAL platoon, and I think that it brings a SEAL platoon to what it is. Rob Guzzo was a guy who you would never forget if you met him once.
Robert Ryan Guzzo, born on March 1, 1979, in San Diego, CA., was an extraordinary man who led a life of dedication to his family, friends, Seal Team 5, and his country. He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1997, where he also was a star linebacker on the football team. Before football, Rob played several varsity sports. True to form, he drove his coaches crazy because his natural talent was far stronger than his patience for enduring hot summer practices. Rob just wanted to be in the game; he wanted the action.
Rob Guzzo went on to the State University of New York College at Cortland, where he majored in political science and minored in entrepreneurial studies, meaning figuring out ways to get help writing his papers and scoring the most sought-after social invitations.
He was a brother in the Beta Phi Epsilon fraternity. Rob was never short on ideas, passionate about pursuing a good time, and always being in action.
Upon graduation in 2000, Rob followed his destiny: Becoming a Navy SEAL. His dream came true in the form of Navy SEAL Team 5, where he was deployed upon graduation. He trained in Coronado, CA, and deployed to Iraq in 2006, serving as a communications specialist. The brotherhood he found there, the missions, the sense of accomplishment – all shaped who he was to his core. Rob was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor for his combat action in Iraq.
Post military life and death
Immediately upon return from Iraq, he experienced insomnia, night sweats, flashbacks, anxiety attacks, social withdrawal, and alcohol abuse. The stigma associated with PTSD/TBI prevented him from seeking evaluation/treatment while assigned to the SEAL teams. Rob Guzzo ended his life in November 2012 with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. He took his life the day after Veterans Day.
He believed in what he fought for, and he died trying to overcome the losses he encountered there.
Join us today as we Honor and Remember Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Robert Bryan Guzzo, Jr., who passed away on November 12, 2012.