BETHESDA, MD. – On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump awarded the Purple Heart to 1st. Lt. Victor Prato, a 25-year-old Somers High School graduate who was injured last month when his convoy was struck by a car bomb in Afghanistan.
Trump pinned the award on Prato, who is recovering from his injuries at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Prato, a Princeton University graduate, has served for two years in the Army. He was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, with the 82nd Airborne Division in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
On Nov. 13, in his first week as leader of his platoon, Prato and the four members of his convoy were completing a routine patrol when the car bomb, affiliated with the Taliban, struck their vehicle.
John Crowley, executive officer of Prato’s company, and fellow Somers High School graduate, earlier told The Somers Record that Prato was in “fairly good spirits,” and seemed himself despite sustaining serious wounds in the attack.
“Victor definitely has a long road to recovery ahead of him but I am hopeful he will push through,” Crowley said in November.
Trump was visiting the military hospital to meet with injured or ill service members from all branches of the military.