Shipped aboard the freighter Wichita as Naval Armed Guard. While in transit across the Carribean the Wichita was torpedoed and sunk on 19 September 1942, with the loss of 40 Crewman and 10 Armed Guards.

Memorialized at the East Coast Memorial, NY, NY.

Wife: Mrs. Louise Elizabeth Prater, Rt 7, Knoxville

His Father…. Lee Prater
His mother….Nettie Belle Kidd Prater
Sister…………Mildred Prater Boling
Brother……….Beauford C. Prater
Children……..Roy Dewitt Prater who died in Vietnam in 1972 and Billy Jackson Prater

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