Clifford L. Pratt was born 20 April 1892 in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. He was the fourth child born to James H. Pratt and his wife Martha "Mattie" Emma Potter.
Clifford served in Yankee Div., Co. H. 104th Infantry during World War I, and was cited for his bravery at Chateau Thierry in France. He was gassed at Argonne-Meuse receiving burns on his legs.
Mary Cora Boutin became his wife at St. John's Church in East Brookfield, MA on 19 August in 1919. A daughter Evelyn Doris was born in 1920, and a son Leon was born in 1924.
Clifford was a Charter Member of American Legion Post 244 in West Brookfield, and its first Associate Commander. He was Post Commander in the 1930's. (This American Legion became the Adams-Coney-Frew Post #244 after World War II.)
He died suddenly at the home of Douglas Lyman in West Brookfield on 2 January 1958. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery after a requiem mass at Sacred Heart Church on the fourth of January.
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