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

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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.
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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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   1963-1967, 1733, HQ, 7th Army

Sergeant First Class
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Sergeant First Class
1733-Armored Light Tank Commander
 HQ, 7th Army Details

HQ, 7th Army
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Parent Unit
US Army Europe (USAREUR)
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Last Updated: Jul 24, 2018
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After the erection of the Berlin Wall, units were frequently deployed to this formation, until the military strength was at an all-time high (277,342 soldiers in June 1962). For most of the Cold War period, the forces assigned to the Seventh Army consisted of roughly two army corps of soldiers, V Corps and VII Corps. Frequent exercises were held to prepare the Seventh Army units for possible combat against Soviet forces. These included the enormous Exercise REFORGER or REturn of FORces to GERmany, which practised the reinforcing of American units in Germany with those from the United States itself, a vital task had war broken out between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

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HQ, 7th Army

Richards, Ted, SFC, (1959-1974) AR 11D10 Sergeant First Class
Drought, David Lee, SGT, (1966-1967) AR 11E10 Sergeant
Smith, Art, SGT, (1966-1968) AR 11D10 Sergeant
Frasl, Jerry, SSG, (1962-1968) AR 11E10 Specialist 4
Webb, John, SSG, (1965-1974) AR 11E10 Specialist 4
Webb, John, SSG, (1965-1974) AR 11E10 Specialist 4
Meloy, Jr., Guy Stanley, GEN, (1927-1963) USA 00GC General
Fullam, Ronnie, MAJ, (1966-1986) AG 2110 Major
Napier, Brian, CPT, (1960-1964) EN 1331 Captain
Magner, Thomas, 1LT, (1961-1963) FA 1193 First Lieutenant
Nolan, Frank, 1LT, (1966-1969) FA 1154 First Lieutenant
Whitton, Robert, COL, (1966-1992) AR 1204 First Lieutenant
Gorski, John, 1SG, (1961-1981) AG 71L10 First Sergeant
Sherrill, Harold, 1SG, (1965-2006) OD 63F First Sergeant
Meader, Frank, 1SG, (1947-1970) MP 95B Sergeant First Class
Styber, Robert, SFC, (1946-1971) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Meader, Frank, 1SG, (1947-1970) MP 95B Staff Sergeant
Caudill, Richard, SSG, (1964-1968) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Davis, Ted, SGT, (1961-1964) FA 13C Sergeant
Derugin, Boris, SGT, (1966-1970) MP 95B Sergeant
Jones, Jerry, SGT, (1966-1968) FA 13C Sergeant
Lowery, Alton, SGT, (1966-1967) FA 13B10 Sergeant
Paulson, Raymond, SGT, (1967-1969) MD 91B10 Sergeant
Schumacher, Raymond, MAJ, (1960-1980) EN 12E10 Sergeant
Stewart, David, SSG, (1962-1966) MI 97D Sergeant
Toppins, Ronald, SSG, (1958-1969) OD 45C Sergeant
Adkins, Johnny, SP 5, (1965-1967) FA 13E10 Specialist 5
Bailey, James, SP 5, (1966-1969) AG 71L10 Specialist 5
Belair, Albert, SP 5, (1964-1967) FA 13E10 Specialist 5
Caldwell, Mac, SP 5, (1961-1964) AG 71H10 Specialist 5
Clark, James O., SFC, (1956-1976) SC 31L Specialist 5
Dolan, Frank, SP 5, (1965-1967) FA 82C20 Specialist 5
Edgington, Jimmie, CW2, (1958-1973) AV 67B10 Specialist 5
Fahnestock, Gary Joe, SP 5, (1965-1971) IN 111.0 Specialist 5
Gannon, James, SP 5, (1961-1964) EN 81B10 Specialist 5
Hein, Arthur, SP 5, (1966-1969) AG 71B10 Specialist 5
Kelley, Carroll, SP 5, (1965-1967) SC 05C Specialist 5
Reynolds, John, SP 5, (1966-1969) AG 71F10 Specialist 5
Schmidt, Bernd, SGM, (1963-1993) AG 71Q Specialist 5
Williams, Ronald, SP 5, (1965-1967) EN 81C Specialist 5
Bostick, David, SP 4, (1965-1967) SC 31N Specialist 4
Cabello, Ricardo, SP 4, (1965-1967) AD 16D Specialist 4
Dymond, Douglas, SP 4, (1963-1966) FI 73C Specialist 4
Healey, Michael, SP 4, (1964-1967) TC 64A10 Specialist 4
Hermann, Thomas, SP 4, (1961-1964) IN 112.10 Specialist 4
Nederlof, Bertus, SP 4, (1961-1964) FA 82C10 Specialist 4
Pietras, John, SP 4, (1962-1965) MD 91B Specialist 4
Roach, Cecil, SP 4, (1960-1963) AG 716.10 Specialist 4
Roehl, Elwood John, SP 5, (1967-1969) AG 71C Specialist 4
Sanders, Frank, SP 4, (1964-1967) AD 16D Specialist 4
Wentworth, David, MSG, (1967-1987) AG 03B Specialist 4
White, James ?, SGT, (1966-1971) EN 62E10 Specialist 4
Rowell, Bert, CSM, (1964-1990) CM 54C Private First Class
Terrell, Michael, PFC, (1967-1970) SC 36A Private First Class
Tourgee Jr, James, SGM, (1963-1992) AG 71J Private First Class
Vitatoe, Carl, PFC, (1962-1965) QM 76G Private First Class
Basham, Buford, PFC, (1962-1964) FA 13A10 Private First Class
Friskey, Victor, PFC, (1962-1965) SC 72B Private First Class
Hatch, George, SSG, (1966-1986) SC 36C10 Private First Class

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