Eastern Kentucky Native Killed In Iraq

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

A Tennessee soldier who died in Iraq was born and raised right here in Eastern Kentucky.

Army Staff Sergeant Terry Prater's family says he spent half of his 25 years of life living in Floyd County. Now his loved ones are trying to remember the good times before Prater was lost.

"He was a good husband and he was a great dad and he loved his family so much," said Terry's Aunt, Betty Hancock.

Prater's father and other family members live in Floyd County while his wife, two children, and mother live in Tennessee. His family says this was his second tour in Iraq. He was injured during his first tour and received a Purple Heart.

"But he never, that I know, he never hesitated about the possibility of going back," said Kay Burchett, Terry's Aunt.

Loved ones say Prater has a younger brother also serving his country in Afghanistan.

"I hope our other nephew will be alright and come home safe, not only him, all of them," Hancock said.

Family members say they have a new found appreciation for the Veteran's Memorial in Floyd County and all of the men and women currently serving their country.

"We're proud of him because he fought for his country, fought for our freedom," Hancock said.

"If he had it to do all over again knowing the outcome, he still would have been there, he still would have been there," Burchett said.

Family members say they are waiting for the military to bring Prater's body home so they can make funeral arrangements. They say his funeral will be in Claiborne County Tennessee.

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