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Conflict Period:
World War I 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
78th Co, 6th Reg Marines 2
Birth:
04 Oct 1896 1
Fayetteville, AR 1
Death:
04 Oct 1918 1
Reims, France 1
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Full Name:
John Henry Pruitt 1
Birth:
04 Oct 1896 1
Fayetteville, AR 1
Male 1
Death:
04 Oct 1918 1
Reims, France 1
Cause: Killed in battle, by shell-fire 1
Burial:
late 1918 1
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 1
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World War I 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
78th Co, 6th Reg Marines 2
Service Start Date:
May 1917 1
Service End Date:
04 Oct 1918 1

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During the First World War, Corporal John Henry Pruitt won two Medals of Honor for the same act of bravery, with one medal coming from the U.S. Navy and the other from the U.S. Army. Pruitt distinguished himself in the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge (October 3-October 27, 1918) in northeastern France. He charged at two machine-gun positions, killed two Germans in the process, and captured 40 Germans in a nearby shelter. He was killed by enemy shell-fire soon thereafter. In the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge, the U.S. Army's 6th and 36th divisions successfully helped to drive the German Army out of Champagne region of France.

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Medal Of Honor Citation

For extraordinary gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 78th Company, 6th Regiment, 2d Division, in action with the enemy at Blanc Mont Ridge, France, 3 October 1918. Cpl. Pruitt, singlehanded attacked 2 machineguns, capturing them and killing 2 of the enemy. He then captured 40 prisoners in a dugout nearby. This gallant soldier was killed soon afterward by shellfire while he was sniping the enemy.

Medal Of Honor Citation

Cpl. Pruitt singlehanded attacked 2 machineguns, capturing them and killing 2 of the enemy. He then captured 40 prisoners in a dugout nearby. This gallant soldier was killed soon afterward by shellfire while he was sniping at the enemy.

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) 20 Dec 1919, Sat • Page 2

 

 

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