Thanks, Dad


SILVER STAR, awarded for actions during World War II to First Lieutenant Clarence O. Pratt under General Orders No. 32 (August 29, 1944).

CITATION: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Clarence O. Pratt (ASN: 0-342954), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the (redacted) Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, in action against the enemy from 7 August 1944 to 12 August 1944, in (redacted), France. Lieutenant Pratt displayed outstanding devotion to duty and conspicuous bravery in leading his company in the attack against the city of (redacted). The entire action was carried out under extremely heavy enemy small arms and artillery fire. Although severely wounded, he carefully directed the advance of his men and materially assisted the advance of the entire batallion. His heroic devotion to duty reflects great credit upon himself and the finest traditions of the military service.

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  1. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    Indeed. Thank you.

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  2. Steven Seward Member
    Steven Seward

    Hearty congratulations to Lieutenant Clarence Pratt for his bravery!  He’s one of the foundations that paved the way for relative peace in the modern world.

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  3. Manny Member

    Fantastic. Thank you First Lieutenant Pratt.

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  4. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt

    He never talked about his wartime experiences, but I do know that he was wounded in his right leg, and if it had been any higher my kid brother and I wouldn’t be here. Two days after he was shot they evacuated him and he spent a miserable sea voyage home in a cast from the waist down.

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  5. Stad Coolidge

    Thank you Clarence, for your service and your bravery!

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  6. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat

    Gosh dang impressive…

    • #6
  7. PappyJim Coolidge

    Semper Fidelis, Lt. Pratt!

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  8. Instugator Thatcher

    Well done, Lt!

    You know, you might be able to request the unredacted version. It has been more than 75 years.

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  9. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt

    Instugator (View Comment):

    Well done, Lt!

    You know, you might be able to request the unredacted version. It has been more than 75 years.

    I’ve got a pretty good idea that the French city was St. Lo.

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  10. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
    Gazpacho Grande'

    Thanks to your Dad, and millions of others, we get to be here.

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