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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
Wall/Plot Coordinates SECTION 628 SITE 1612
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.
PRATER, ERNEST, 82
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.
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.