Texas Ranger Badge

Accession Number

PRATT.3.1916

Series

PRATT, Subgroup Coppers

Remarks

In May of 1930 when Barnstable Superintendent of Schools Jerome P. Fogwell needed a drillmaster for the Cape’s first high school cadet corp, he immediately thought of Chief William H. Pratt. If anyone was to realize Fogwell’s vision,* it was William H. Pratt. Pratt’s distinguished military service was unequaled in the community. He started as a Ranger on the Mexican border and then served in Honolulu, Panama and Cuba. On May 11, 1916, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, by August 16, 1916 he was made sergeant, earning first sergeant on June 1. 1917. On May 11, 1918, Pratt earned first lieutenant. After being wounded twice, Pratt earned four decorations for his service and courageous action under fire” in World War I. Towards the end of his service, Pratt was given the rank of major in the Reserve Corps and was an instructor in the army school of automatic guns.
Though this clew seems to indicate that Pratt did, indeed, possess the Texas Ranger badger, the Institute of Clew Studies was unable to substantiate his military record. The National Personnel Records Center at the National Archives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Texas Ranger Museum were all unable to furnish any data indicating that the veteran served in the U.S. Armed Forces.


*Fogwell had “in his mind’s eye a procession sweeping down Main street headed by the high school band and made up of three
or more squads of neatly uniformed, erect and manly looking but youthful soldiers.”
** The ICS postulates that Pratt came to expect good news every year on May 11

Verification Reference

Barnstable Patriot

Files

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Citation

“Texas Ranger Badge,” Institute for Clew Studies, accessed November 13, 2018, http://instituteforclewstudies.com/items/show/3.