Sad, terrible news . . . Ex-Navy SEAL Rob Guzzo Jr. died Sunday night, November 11, 2012, on Veterans Day.
We’ve written about Rob Jr., and his Navy SEAL veteran dad Bob Sr., in several of our posts.
Rob JR. was a member of the physical education fraternity Beta Phi Epsilon at Cortland State (NY). His dad had also been a member; I remember when Bob SR. pledged.
On the day of the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center, Rob called his father from the Beta house saying that he wanted to join the Navy SEALS to personally engage in this fight against terrorism.
“I’d been through it myself,” Bob recalled, “He’s my son, and I was concerned about him getting involved. There’s no guarantee when you go in that you’ll come out alive. But I supported his decision.”
When Rob JR. finished Special OPs training he was awarded his father’s TRIDENT, the first medal Navy SEALS receive upon graduation. He entered into combat in Ramadi, Iraq where he lost his good buddy, Marc Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War.
After a distinguished and lengthy combat record in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rob JR. gave up his commission in Navy SEAL Team Five to begin a career in action movies Here’s a partial list of his credits on the big screen and television . . . you may have seen him in one of these films.
*Role- Zimmerman on Lennox’s Team, Transformers 3
*Role- Bravo Team Member 2, tru TV’s Crises, Dir. Tom DeSanto
*Role- Direct TV Commercial, Iwo Jima
*Role- Petty Officer Henderson, www.UniversalDead.com, now a featured film.
*Role- Soccer Hooligan, short film “For the Cup” sponsored by Upper Deck.
*Role- “Boom Operator,” Indie comedy, I’m a Human Directional
*Role- Jerk Boyfriend, Music Video “Obsession” by band Hypnotic Odyssey
But Rob didn’t come home from his combat missions completely unscathed. Although often silent, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be as deadly as enemy gunfire.
For this site, and for all the members of Beta Phi Epsilon, our thoughts and prayers today are with Bob SR. and his family. And may his son, this fallen American warrior, now rest in peace.
(Ed Note 11/16: From the Rob Guzzo Memorial Page on Facebook — a beautiful, heart-breaking musical scrapbook on Rob JR.)
(Ed Note 11/22: There will be a memorial get-together for Rob JR. on Sunday 11/25, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, at The Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport RI. The gathering is open to the public; many of Rob’s Beta Phi Epsilon fraternity bros will be there. Brick Alley Pub is owned by Matt Plumb’s family; Matt played Varsity football with Rob JR. at Portsmouth High.)
(Ed Note 1/12/13: Some of you have asked how Rob died. Click the picture below for a video on the tragic story from The Washington Post. Click the highlighted letters for another report about it in The New York Daily News.)