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Major General William Hartwell Prentice

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Major General William Hartwell Prentice
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2005 and Revised 30 Mar 2009

Update of 30 Mar 2009: William Hartwell Prentice is the son of Harry Raymond Prentice and Eva Butterfield, #30.1 in our Fall 1999 article entitled Prentices of the Colnes, England . That article now replaces this article.

1. Major General William Hartwell Prentice, b. 29 Feb 1916, Aberdeen, Washington, and d. 11 Aug 2004. Bur. at Sec. Z, Site 1005, Willamette Natl. Cem., Portland, OR. We found the following information in the Aug-Dec 2004 Univ. of Oregon "Leader":

    Major General William Hartwell Prentice, United States Army (Ret.), passed away on August 11, 2004. Bill attended the University of Oregon, where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of the ROTC program, Class of 1938.

    William H. Prentice fought in the major Army battles in the Pacific from Luzon to Tokyo and went in with General MacArthur's troops of World War II. Bill's military career continued with service in the United States Army Reserves. During 1959 he joined the 104th Division (Tng), the ''Timberwolves'' of Vancouver, Wash. H

    is professionalism, experience and military knowledge were quickly recognized when he assumed command of the 104th Division on May 1, 1966. His promotion to Major General was announced on May 9, 1967. William H. Prentice was the 104th Division Commander until his retirement in 1976.

    Major General William H. Prentice was a life member of the Military Officers Association of America, the Reserve Officers Association, the Military Order of World Wars and the VFW Beaverton Post 4617.

    Following his retirement from the military in 1976, General Prentice and Mary volunteered their services with the Department of Commerce's ''People to People'' joint venture program in Russia and China. Major General William H. Prentice, was a great American, a patriot, civic leader and highly respected and distinguished military officer.

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