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Prentice Servicemen in WW II

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Prentice Servicemen in WW II
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2010 and Revised 1 Aug 2010

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, please send your information to us at the Prentice Newsletter. Be sure to give the full title and date of this article in the Subject line of the email.

John Casall's email of 1 Aug 2010 provided the following information about Prentice servicemen in WW II:

  • Robert A. Prentice First Lieutenant, U. S. Army Air Forces Service #0-765067; 499 th Bomber Squadron, 345 th Bomber Group, Medium; 499 th Bomber Squadron "Bats Outa Hell"; Flew B-25 Bombers, converted to strafing missions.

  • Jim A Prentice Service # 38035869 SGT KIA was from Dallas Co., Texas

  • Silver Star Award for Conspicuous Gallantry in Action
    • Prentice, Alfred W. HQ, 1st Cavalry Division, G.O. No. 19 (1944)
    • Prentice, Chester H. HQ, 30th Infantry Division, G.O. No. 196 (1945)
    • Prentiss, Donald E. HQ, 7th Armored Division, G.O. No. 77 (1944)

  • Alfred W. Prentice First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Service # 1031506. 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Entered the Service from: California. Died: 13-Nov-44. Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Mention: The Admiralties: Gaining Control of Seeadler Harbor; http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/admiralties/admiralties-ch3-seeadler.htm;

  • Jack H. Prentice Coxswain, U. S. Navy Service #375850, United States Navy. Entered the Service from: California. Died: 15-Dec-45. Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Awards: Purple Heart

  • Jim A. Prentice Sergeant, U. S. Army Service #38035869. 141st Infantry Regiment 36 th Infantry Division. Entered the Service from: Texas. Died: 2-Jun-44. Buried at: Plot F Row 8 Grave 28. Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John G. Prentice Technician Fifth Class, U. S. Army Service #35025326. 125 th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. Entered the Service from: Ohio. Died: 8-Jul-44. Buried at: Plot H Row 28 Grave 36, Normandy, American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart. (Home of record Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Cleveland).

  • Tec. 5 John G. Prentice of Cleveland, Ohio inspired his unit in a demonstration of raw courage that brought a lump to the throat of every man who saw the incident." (Eagen, William, The Man on the Red Horse) "Prentice was in one of two tanks brought forward to blast out several well-placed enemy machinegun nests. As his tank rolled forward to commence firing, a German 88 shell hit the left side of the turret and set the tank on fire. Although wounded, Prentice refused to bail out and run for cover. Firing his machine gun into enemy positions, he held his ground, enabling the tank crew to escape. His action also allowed the second tank to withdraw unharmed. Immobilized and exposed, Prentice died fighting.

  • Richard H. Prentice Corporal, U. S. Army Service #6976950. 26 th Infantry Regiment, 1 st Infantry Division. Entered the Service from: New York.Died: 27-Feb-45. Buried at: Plot D Row 16 Grave 10, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart

  • Richard M. Prentice Fireman, First Class, U. S. Navy Service #3721279, United States Navy. Entered the Service from: Colorado. Died: 8-May-43. Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Awards: Purple Heart

  • Robert A. Prentice First Lieutenant, U. S. Army Air Forces Service #0-765067. 499 th Bomber Squadron, 345 th Bomber Group, Medium. Entered the Service from: California. Died: 6-Mar-45. Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Sheldon E. Prentice Lieutenant Commander U. S. Navy Service #0-126252, United States Naval Reserve. Entered the Service from: New Jersey. Died: 19-Mar-45. Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. Awards: Purple Heart. (Carrier Air Group 86 U. S. S. Wasp CV18)(Widow Sheila Potter).

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