PVT Richard Franklin Prater

PVT Richard Franklin Prater

Birth
Gasconade County, Missouri, USA
Death 26 Apr 1919 (aged 28)
France
Burial Gasconade County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 15, T43N, R6W
Memorial ID 59342619 · View Source
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Richard Franklin PRATER is the son of Cyrus J. Prater and Virginia Frances [DYSON] PRATER.
According to his service record he died while serving in France. Richard was a Private in the 25th Co., 20th Engineers, U.S. Army. His body was returned to the states.
Both Richard's draft registration and service record give his birth date as 24 JUL 1890 (and not 1891).

***He was only 28 years old when he gave his life for his country.

He never married, but according to family members, he did have one child that was born when he was in France because he had left a pregnant young woman behind in the states.
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4-30-1920 Bland Courier Front Page:
"In memory of our beloved son and brother, Pvt. Richard Prater who died April 26, 1919.
Just one year ago you left us,
how we miss you Richard dear,
and remember all your kindnesses,
as we drop a silent tear,
Now our beloved one is sleeping,
Beneath the cold, cold, sod.
But his spirit is now living,
In Heaven above with God.
How hard it was to give him up,
no mortal tongue can tell,
How can we live without him,
Whom we loved so well,
Sleep on dear son and brother,
It won't be long.
Ere we will meet you, among that ransomed throng.
He is gone we follow on,
In the City of God on high,
There to join him and stay forever,
Where they never say goodbye.
Rest in peace our own dear Richard.
Sadly missed by mother, brothers and sisters".


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  • Maintained by: Barbara
  • Originally Created by: Doug Carroll
  • Added: 28 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59342619
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Richard Franklin Prater (24 Jul 1890–26 Apr 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59342619, citing Buschmann Cemetery, Gasconade County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Barbara (contributor 47460990) .