From a contemporary press report:
Robert Vincent Prouty, 81, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Fairfax, Virginia, died of congestive heart failure January 22, 2000 at the church.
He had lived in Fairfax since 1969, a year after leaving the Air Force.
Colonel Prouty was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and in 1941 joined what was
then the Army Air Corps.
During World War II, he served in the Pacific theater and North Africa.
His awards include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.
An avid golfer, his memberships included the Army Navy Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Prouty of Fairfax; four sons, Robert Prouty Jr. of Lebanon Church, Virginia, Peter Prouty of Woodbridge, Michael Prouty of Fairfax and Mark Prouty of Wilmington, Delaware; a daughter, Victoria Prouty of Fairfax; a brother, retired Air Force Colonel L.F. Prouty of Alexandria; a sister, Corinne Toole of Fairfax; and four grandchildren.
PROUTY, ROBERT VINCENT, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.)
On January 22, 2000, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, ROBERT VINCENT PROUTY of Fairfax, Virginia. Husband of Dorothy M. Prouty; father of Robert V. Prouty, Jr., Mark F. (Marie) Prouty, Peter J. Prouty, Michael F. Prouty and Victoria K. (Scott Spizer) Prouty. He is also survived by his brother, Col. L.F. Prouty; sister, Corinne Toole; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held on Thursday, February 3, 8:45 a.m., at the Fort Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Prouty, Robert Vincent
Born 9 May 1918, died 22 January 2000
U.S, Air Force
Residence: Fairfax, Virginia,
Section 66, Grave 5411
Buried 3 February 2000
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