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

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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