Prater, Ernest, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D40- Armor Reconnaissance Senior NCO
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1963-1967, 1733, HQ, 7th Army
Service Years
1946 - 1967
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Cold War Certificate

Sergeant First Class

Six Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by John Prater (USN SCPO/E-8/Retired)-Family to remember Prater, Ernest, SFC USA(Ret).

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Home Town
Ocala, Florida
Last Address
Ocala, Florida

Date of Passing
Feb 29, 2012
Location of Interment
Florida National Cemetery - Bushnell, Florida
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US Army Retired (Pre-2007) 7th Infantry Division 7th Army USA Forces Command

10th Mountain Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Mountain Order Of The Bayonet Armor Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal

Cold War Veteran

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Last Known Activity
SFC Ernest Prater passed away on 29 February 2012.� May you rest in peace Old Soldier.� You were Loved very much by many.
Other Comments:
Prater, Mr. Ernest, age 82, of Ocala, Florida passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Sylvia's Hospice House. He was born in Jackson, Kentucky and moved to Ocala, Florida in 1985 from Louisville, Kentucky. He served his country in the U.S. Army during both the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam War, Retiring as Sergeant 1st Class, after 20 plus years of service. After retiring from the Military, he worked with Decca Development for 10 years, serving as Chief of Security. He was a member of Oakcrest Baptist Church of Ocala, loves bowling, baseball, traveling and working in his yard, loved story-telling, but most of all, loved spending time with his loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent, Sr. and Corsie Prater; his infant sister, Pauline Prater and his 4 brothers, Elmer, Arnold, Dennis and Vincent Prater, Jr.. He is survived by his loving wife of (57) years, Mary P. Prater of Ocala, Fl.; his son, James Steven Prater of Tucker, GA.; his grandson, 1st Class Petty Officer Jeremy Steven Prater of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; his (3) great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Nathaniel and Logan Prater; his 4 brothers, Clarence Prater of Ardmore, AL.; Ollie James Prater of Easley, S.C.; Seldon Prater of Jackson, Ky. and Lester Prater of Winchester, KY.; A "Celebration of Life Service" will be on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at Roberts Funeral Homes, Downtown Chapel, 606 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Ocala, FL. 34471, with Interment to follow, with Military Honors, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 10:00AM
until service time.
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   1946-1948, 7th Infantry Division

Private First Class
From Month/Year
- / 1946
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- / 1948
7th Infantry Division Unit Page
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Korea, South
 7th Infantry Division Details

7th Infantry Division
Command Element
Parent Unit
Infantry Divisions
Created/Owned By
IN Geer, Edward (Ed), SSG 33

Last Updated: Jul 5, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Other Memories
The 7th was occupation duty in Korea from 1946 to 1948, the men of the 17th, 31st, and 32d Infantry Regiments rotated on the outpost positions along the 38th Parallel. In the fall of 1948, the Korean elections took place, and true to its commitments, the U. S. removed its occupation forces from the country. When the Hourglass Division sailed for Japan in December of 1948, its commander was the last Military Governor of Korea, Major General William Frishe Dean, who would return to Korea later. In Japan the Division's zone of occupation included nearly half of the total land area of its former enemy. Elements of the Division were garrisoned on Honshu and on Hokkaido, the northernmost island.

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19 Members Also There at Same Time
7th Infantry Division

Bruce, Andrew, LTG, (1917-1954) USA 00GC Major General
Dean, William F., MG, (1921-1955) Major General
Hartness, Harlen, MG, (1918-1954) USA 00GC Major General
Stewart, LeRoy, BG, (1922-1951) MP 9100 Brigadier General
Murphy, Eugene, COL, (1942-1970) IN 1542 Colonel
Imhof, John D., LTC, (1947-1971) IN Major
Johnson, Donald, SSG, (1948-1961) QM 5832 Staff Sergeant
Corner, Stanford Oscar, 1st Sgt, (1941-1950) Technical Sergeant
Ingman, Einar Harold, S/Sgt, (1948-1951) IN 4745 Staff Sergeant
Pankey, Robert, Sgt, (1944-1946) FA 845 Sergeant
Thomas, Francis D., Sgt, (1947-1950) Sergeant
Trepasso, Joseph, Cpl, (1947-1950) IN 4745 Corporal
Walker, Kenneth John, Cpl, (1944-1948) IN 604 Corporal
Davila, Antonio, SFC, (1948-1951) IN Private First Class
Kaplin, Stanley, PFC, (1946-1948) IN 745 Private First Class
Weber, Guillermo, PFC, (1945-1951) IN Private First Class
Longendyke, Ford, PFC, (1946-1948) IN 745 Private
32nd Infantry Regiment Combat Team

Weber, Guillermo, PFC, (1945-1951) IN 4745 Private First Class
E Company

Slattery, James, SFC, (1945-1953) IN 188 Sergeant First Class

Raines, John, Cpl, (1945-1947) EN 059 Corporal

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