Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 78th Company, 6th
Regiment, 2d Division.
Place and date: At Blanc Mont Ridge, France, 3 October
Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 4 October 1896, Fayettesville,
Ark. G.O. No.: 62, W.D., 1919. (Also received Navy Medal of Honor.) Citation:
Cpl. Pruitt single-handed attacked 2 machineguns, capturing them and killing
2 of the enemy. He then captured 40 prisoners in a dugout nearby. This
gallant soldier was killed soon afterward by shellfire while he was sniping
at the enemy.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)