Saturday, August 27, 2016

PFC Truman M. Prather

courtesy of Heber History
PFC Truman M. Prather was born 18 Nov 1917 in Acworth, Georgia. He was the oldest of the 9 children born to Willard McKinley and Edna Alice (Phillips) Prather. His father farmed in Paulding County, Georgia. By 1935 Truman had moved to Rome, Georgia. He was convicted of a federal crime and sentenced to the Federal Correctional Institution at Tallahassee, Florida which is where he was in 1940. He was recorded as being married in 1940 but was single by 1942.

Truman was drafted in October 1942. After his basic military training he was eventually sent to the European theater. PVT Prather was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944. He was promoted to PFC on 13 Aug 1944. PFC Prather was killed in action on 27 Aug 1944.

PFC Prather was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Acworth, Georgia.

Herman Lee and Isaac Jackson Prather served in the U.S. Army in WW2. Eddie Ray Prather served in the U.S. Navy. Willard McKinley Prather Jr. served in the U.S. Army 1955-1958. Great-grandfather William Thomas Prather served as a PVT in G Company 39th Georgia Infantry (CSA) in the Civil War. Great, great-grandfather Isaac Prather served as a PVT in 23rd Alabama Infantry (CSA).

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