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First Lieutenant VICTOR PRATO ’15 received a Purple Heart from President Donald Trump Dec. 21 while recuperating from multiple soft-tissue injuries at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Prato and three other Army soldiers serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, were injured Nov. 13 when a blast from a car bomb caused their vehicle to roll over. 

Prato, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major deployed as a part of the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion, was conducting a routine patrol when his convoy was the target of an improvised explosive device.