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Louis Watkins Prentiss
Major General, United States Army
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Major General Louis Watkins Prentiss
 Born September 30, 1899
Died August 18, 1976

Second Lieutenant 1921
First Lieutenant 1921
Second Lieutenant 1922
First Lieutenant 1927
Captain 1935
Major 1940
Lieutenant Colonel (AUS) 1941
Colonel (AUS) 1942
Lieutenant Colonel 1944
Major General 1954

Student, Field Artillery School 1921-22
Student, Signal School 1922-23
Student, Command & General Staff School 1941-42
Served with the Army General Staff 1944
Division Engineer, Southwestern Division 1949-52
Assistant Chief of Engineers (Personnel & Administration) 1952-53
Engineer Commissioner, Washington D.C. 1953-54
Commanding General, Engineer Center & School, Ft. Belvoir 1954-56
Retired 1956

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Louis Watkins Prentiss was born in 1899 and died in 1976.  He was buried with full military honors in Section 15 of Arlington National Cemetery.  His wife, Helen Bowie Prentiss (1898-1998) and his son, Edward Bowie Prentiss (1922-1944) are buried with him.

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LOUIS PRENTISS, 76; WAS ARMY GENERAL

WASHINGTON, August 20, 1976 – Major General Louis W. Prentiss, who commanded Fort Belvoir in Virginia for part of his 35-year career, died Wednesday at Walter Reed Hospital here.  He was 76 years old.

After his retirement from the Army in 1956, he became executive vice president and secretary of the American Road Builders Association.  He also served as engineer commissioner for the District of Columbia government.

Earlier, while a Colonel, he served as Omaha District Engineer and acting Missouri River Division Engineer.

When he became active in the Road Builders Association, he reported in 1959 that the construction of $6 billion in roads in the nation that year would make it up to them the “biggest highway year in history.”


PRENTISS, EDWARD B S/O LOUIS W
DATE OF DEATH: 01/06/1944
DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/08/1944
BURIED AT: SECTION FT MY  SITE 26
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 SON OF LW PRENTISS - COL CORPS OF ENG, USA

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Posted: 14 September 2003  Updated: 18 September 2004 Updated: 22 Januaru 2006 Updated: 17 October 2007 Updated: 14 January 2008

LW Prentiss Gravesite PHOTO October 2007

Infant Daughter of LW Prentiss Gravesite PHOTO October 2007
Photos By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007

LW Prentiss Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003