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.
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
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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