Henry F. Prysi – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:


Henry F. Prysi, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (retired), age 86, of San Gabriel Way, Naples, Florida, died October 22, 2001 in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Colonel Prysi had lived in Jupiter, Florida before moving to Naples in 1997. Originally from Ohio, he played football for Woody Hayes, both at the high school and college level. He retired in 1985 as Inspector General of the Army Corps of Engineers after 18 years. Prior to that, he served for over 32 years in the US Army.

He enlisted during World War II as a Private and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the Korean War as well as the Vietnam War. He received the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. He also was responsible for starting the US Army Ranger program in Fort Benning, Georgia.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. Mark (Nancy) Prysi and Dr. Scott Prysi; a sister, Anna McMurray, and two brothers, James and Kenny, as well as grandchildren, Sara and Brooke.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Family requests contributions to 100th Infantry Division Assn., c/o Walter Backus, 16 Robin Rd., Manchester, Connecticut 06040.


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