Martin William Prather

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
09 June 1947 - 05 September 1967
Louisville, Kentucky
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Martin William Prather

13 Aug 2004

Remembered by fellow Marines of Platoon 151, 1st Bn, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Graduated April 30, 1966. The last of five Marines from Plt. 151 killed in action in Vietnam:

We will never forget your sacrifice to your Country and Corps.

From a fellow Marine from Plt 151,
Bernie Schaufenbil

30 May 2005

My name is Kay Nelstead, and I am Marty Prather's sister. I would so very much like to talk with anyone that served with him. I can be reached at

From his sister,
Kay Nelstead
481 Overlook Drive, Brooks, Ky 40109

A Note from The Virtual Wall

From 3rd Recon Battalion message 070039Z SEP 67, debrief report for 3rd Force Recon patrol 436-67:
"051700H (YD316355) - Patrol observed six to seven people, one of which appeared to be a woman. Patrol at this time was at extraction Landing Zone where they ambushed the enemy resulting in four VC/NVA KIA (confirmed) and one VC/NVA KIA (probable). Patrol was still receiving fire from an unknown number of enemy. They were unable to retrieve the body and one AN/PRC-25 radio brevity code CR shackle code number two. Patrol at this time broke contact and moved approximately 300 meters where patrol heard from the southeast approximately 800 meters. At this time patrol heard one (small arms shot) toward the south. Patrol then called AO [aerial observer] and Sparrow Hawk [reinforcements]. AO on station was receiving fire. Patrol while they were moving to LZ for extraction received sporadic sniper fire. Patrol while being extracted observed the body but no other gear could be observed."
A later ground insertion into the area failed to recover Pfc Prather's body. His remains have not been repatriated.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Aug 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009