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Darien Names Navy Vet Chris Pintauro As Memorial Day Speaker

Chris Pintauro will be the Memorial Day speaker following the parade on May 25.
Chris Pintauro will be the Memorial Day speaker following the parade on May 25. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien native and former naval flight officer and mission commander, Christopher Pintauro will be the Memorial Day speaker at Spring Grove Veterans’ Cemetery in Darien, on Monday May 25, following the Memorial Day Parade.

Announcement of this year’s speaker was made by Darien’s Monuments and Ceremonies Commission, the parent organization which oversees both the Memorial Day Parade Committee and the Cemetery ceremony.

Pintauro is a 1998 graduate of Darien High School.

He graduated in 2002 from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a four-year letter winner on the men’s varsity lacrosse team. He graduated with merit and was commissioned as a naval flight officer.

As a flight officer and mission commander, he led carrier jet squadron teams in high-profile operations in Japan, South Korea, and the Pacific Islands, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He volunteered to return to combat in Baghdad with the Army Special Forces as a battalion electronic warfare officer and earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal and two Air Medals.

Upon returning to the United States, Pintauro taught at Duke University as a visiting assistant professor and earned a master's in business administration at University of North Carolina.

Pintauro was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2011 and joined Goldman, Sachs, & Co. in the firm’s Investment Management Division. Pintauro currently serves in the Navy Ready Reserves and is active in the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

He volunteers for Warrior Events, an organization, with the support of the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides opportunities for interaction, enjoyment and camaraderie among wounded veterans. He also volunteers with the Mission Continues, a non-profit focused on helping veterans transition from military life to the private sector.

He is the son of Dr. William and Krysia Pintauro and lives in Falls Church, Va. with his wife, Anna and three young children, Jack, Emery and Brendan.

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