January 3, 1979 – 12 November 2019
Robert Bryan Guzzo was born on January 3rd, 1979 in San Diego, California into a military family with both his parents serving in the U. S. Navy. Known as Rob, he graduated from Portsmouth High School, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1997 and State University (SUNY) of Cortland in 2002. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the SEAL Program and left for Basic Training in the Fall of 2003. Rob graduated BUD/s with class 251 and received his Trident in May 2004. Rob was assigned to SEAL Team Five as a Communicator and was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2006/2007 during which time Ramadi was a hotbed of violent, active combat. Upon his return from deployment Rob displayed significant signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). His symptoms continued to progress until Rob was overwhelmed, depleted of hope, and succumbed to his invisible wounds of war on Veteran’s Day 2012.
Rob was blessed with an infectious smile and a warm, loving personality. He loved his family and friends immensely, and that love was returned tenfold. Often described as the “life of the party”, Rob had the unique ability to make everyone he met feel as though they were the most important person in his life at that exact moment. Rob loved to make people laugh and could lighten even the direst of situations with a joke or smile. Rob was a stellar athlete in both high school and college playing football, hockey, and baseball. He rarely saw obstacles in achieving his goals. Rob is deeply missed by his family and friends every day.
Rob’s story is superbly told in an episode of the History Channel’s the Warfighters, A Warrior’s Battle: The Story of Rob Guzzo. The Rob Guzzo Memorial Facebook Page can also be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/RobGuzzoMemorial/