Born in October of 1974, Darren LaBonte grew up in Southwest Connecticut, where he attended Brookfield High School and excelled in football and baseball. According to his father; Darren turned down a shot at professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians and instead opted for the Army after graduating from high school.
He enlisted in 1992 and found himself in Fort Benning, GA attending the Ranger Indoctrination Program as a Mortarman. After successfully completing the program, he was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion out of Savannnah, GA. He stayed for two enlistments and ended up leaving the military in 2000 after eight honorable years of service.
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