Family Remembers Staff Sergeant Terry Prater

By: Gordon Boyd
By: Gordon Boyd

Floyd County, KY (WVLT) -- On Thursday, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Terry Prater and three of his fellow soldiers were killed by a roadside bombing Eastern Baghdad.

SSG Prater called the Claiborne County town of Speedwell his home and tonight both East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky are claiming this hero as their own.

Many counties in Tennessee honor their fallen heroes by etching their names into granite. Floyd County, Kentucky is no different and it may soon add Staff Sergeant Prater to their own war memorial.

He was a good husband and he was a great Dad," said Betty Hancock who was Prater's Aunt, "and he loved his family so much.

Terry Prater was born here and he spent half his life here but he also knew something else. Perhaps more than most he knew first hand the risks of serving in Iraq as had already received a Purple Heart for his wound's over there.

"He never, as far as I know, never hesitated about going back," said Kay Burchett, another of his Aunts.

The Volunteer spirit is sort of a tradition in the Prater family as Terry's younger brother current serves in Afghanistan.

"I hope our other nephew comes home safe," Hancock said, "not only him, all of them."

SSG Terry Prater leaves a wife and two young children, along with an extended family that is still greving what might have been, while at the same time remembering Terry's committment to the Army.

"If he had to do it all over again," said Burchett, "knowing the outcome, he would still be there."

Sergeant Prater's family will make arrangements, once the military brings him home.

The funeral will be in Claiborne County.


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