Malcolm Lewis Pratt
|HOME OF RECORD
300 North Main Street, Bellefontaine, OH
|NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Katharine West Pratt
|DATE OF BIRTH
August 5, 1891
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
March 27, 1917 – October 13, 1919 (first enlistment)
May 2, 1941
|DATE OF LOSS
August 13, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Matanikau-Point Cruz
August 14 1943
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Lieutenant Commander Pratt was the regimental surgeon of the 5th Marine Regiment on Guadalcanal, On the night of 12 August 1942, he accompanied a patrol led by Colonel Frank Goettge, intending to investigate reports of a surrendering Japanese encampment.
The patrol was ambushed, isolated on its beachhead, and all but annihilated. Among those who did not return was Doctor Pratt; he was last seen going to the aid of a wounded Marine. Initially listed as missing in action, he was declared dead as of 14 August 1943.
Navy Cross, Purple Heart
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Lieutenant Commander (MC)
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Observed on Guadalcanal, but not recovered.
Namesake (with son) of USS Pratt (DE-363)
Bellefontaine City Cemetery, Logan County, OH
Manila American Cemetery
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