Louis Watkins Prentiss
Major General, United States Army
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Major General Louis Watkins Prentiss
Second Lieutenant 1921
Student, Field Artillery School 1921-22
Louis Watkins Prentiss was born in 1899 and died in 1976. He was buried with full military honors in Section 15 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Helen Bowie Prentiss (1898-1998) and his son, Edward Bowie Prentiss (1922-1944) are buried with him.
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WASHINGTON, August 20, 1976 – Major General Louis W. Prentiss, who commanded Fort Belvoir in Virginia for part of his 35-year career, died Wednesday at Walter Reed Hospital here. He was 76 years old.
After his retirement from the Army in 1956, he became executive vice president and secretary of the American Road Builders Association. He also served as engineer commissioner for the District of Columbia government.
Earlier, while a Colonel, he served as Omaha District Engineer and acting Missouri River Division Engineer.
When he became active in the Road Builders
Association, he reported in 1959 that the construction of $6 billion in
roads in the nation that year would make it up to them the “biggest highway
year in history.”
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