Kern Pratt, Jr. had just completed two years of college at Mississipppi State University where he was majoring in Civil Engineering, when he was called to serve his country in WWII. He entered the army in 1942 and upon entry he served as an enlisted man. Later, in 1945, at the convience of the government, he accepted commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. As an enlisted man Master Sergeant Pratt served with 874th Engineer Avaition Battalion as a construction forman and as Chief of Operations. After his commission Lt. Pratt served as a Aviation Engineer Unit Officer. He was responsibe for all engineering in connection with building permanent HQ installations, roads, ect. His tours of duty included New Guinea and Luzion Island in the Philippines. Some of Lt. Pratts awards and citations include the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, American Campaign Medal, Victory Medal World War ll . After Lt. Pratts discharge from active duty on May 9, 1946 he remained on the Reserve rolls, and on July 2, 1951 was recalled to active duty until Nov. 21, 1952 at which time he was dicharged as a 1st. Lt. Lt. Pratt was the son of Mr. and Mrs Kern Pratt Sr and the grandson of Sterling Price and Clyda Pratt.