Victor Prato ’15, Former Tiger Lineman, Awarded Purple Heart

  • January 4, 2018

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Victor Prato ’15, a former member of the Princeton football team and the University ROTC program, was recently awarded the Purple Heart after suffering injuries as leader of his platoon in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where a suicide bomber struck his convoy during a routine patrol on November 13, 2017.

From the AP story: President Donald Trump paid a holiday visit Thursday to wounded service members at Walter Reed National Medical Center, hailing them as “some of the bravest people anywhere in the world.”

During his visit, the president awarded the Purple Heart to 1st Lt. Victor Prato of the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion, who was injured last month while deployed in Afghanistan.

Prato, 25, of Somers, New York, suffered multiple soft tissue injuries following a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device blast, according to the White House.

“One of the most powerful moments of my life watching @POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero,” wrote press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Twitter, where she posted a photo of Prato. “Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces.”

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