Ky. Born Soldier Killed

A Kentucky-born Army sergeant killed in Iraq last week is remembered as a dedicated soldier who loved to fish. Twenty-five-year-old Staff Sergeant Terry Prater of Speedwell, Tenn., died with four other soldiers when their vehicle struck an explosive.

Prater grew up in Eastern Kentucky before moving to Tennessee.

“My son just can’t understand the concept of his daddy being gone and that’s going to take time and if he never heals I’ll understand,” widow, Amy Prater said.

Prater received the Silver Star and Purple Heart three years ago for jumping on another soldier to protect him from a grenade.

He returned to Iraq after recovering from several injuries.

Prater leaves behind a wife, a five-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.

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