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Merritt Leroy Pratt, Sr.
Master Sergeant, United States Army
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Merritt Leroy Pratt, Sr.
Grayslake, Illinois
Born March 22, 1923
Master Sergeant, United States Army
Killed in Action
Died November 2, 1950 in Korea

Master Sergeant Pratt was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was a member of Company C, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. He was Killed in Action while attacking enemy positions with his machine gun in North Korea on November 2, 1950.

For his leadership and valor, Master Sergeant Pratt was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

ML Pratt PHOTO
Courtesy of the American Battle Monuments Commission



Merritt L. Pratt of Langlade, Wisconsin

" I was born October 1, 1950, and consequently never knew my father. My mother, who never remarried and remained a Silver Star Widow since his death in 1950, passed away just this last June. I know my father had done well in World War II.

"In Korea November 2, 1950 however,  he stayed behind to secure a position, allowing for evacuation of troops. Beyond that,  what records I can find are sketchy at best.   His remains were never found,  but a marker was placed in Arlington National Cemetery. He is also listed with the Korean War Organization for repatriation and they are now requesting DNA testing from his sister,  Mrs. Myrle Madole who is still living in Libertyville, Illinois. He is being honored at the Millennium Veterans Memorial, to be completed for Memorial Day this year.

s/    Merritt L. Pratt, Jr.


PRATT, MERRITT L
MSG   US ARMY
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/22/1923
DATE OF DEATH: 11/02/1950
BURIED AT: SECTION 54  SITE 3258
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted:7 July 2002 Updated: 24 December 2006
Silver Star Medal
 
 
 

Purple Heart Medal
 
 
 

Army Korean Service Medal