2013 honoree Ben Harrow and family
2013 honoree Ben Harrow , special forces

US Army Specialist Sean Pesce, Ranger, West Haven, Connecticut

Specialist Pesce, 20 years old, is a 2011 graduate of West Haven High School in West Haven Connecticut. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and completed the rigorous Ranger training, the Army's elite force.

On October 12, 2012, Sean was wounded with small arms fire in an engagement with Afghan rebels (his Sgt was killed), and sustained major injuries through his abdomen: he lost his spleen, a kidney, and shattered vertebrae that also damaged his spinal cord. He is has no feeling from the waist down. He recovered from surgery and wounds first at Walter Reed, then Tampa VA Center, and finally at Mass VA hospital. Now in a local apartment, he is working on coming home to his family in West Haven once his parent’s home can be modified for wheel chair accessibility. he received a Purple Heart for his combat injuries.

Sean plans to live with his family, his father Dan, his mother Gail, 2 brothers and his grandfather, also a veteran.

Pesce Gear-up (2)
Sean Ranger Creed crop
Ranger Sean Pesce Tampa 4-13

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