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1917 RPPC Postcard Stable Sgt. Reuben A. Pratt Largest Man in the U.S.N.G.


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:51 AM

I purchased this postcard some time back and decided to do some research on it as it was interesting.

 

1917 RPPC Postcard Stable Sgt. Reuben A. Pratt – Largest Man in the U.S.N.G.

Mexican Border Service Colorado US National Guard

 

Excellent hand written caption on the back, "Stable Sgt. Ruben A. Pratt of Colo Troop Mexican Border service 1917.  The largest man in the U.S.N.G.  Height 6' 9" Weight 260 lbs.."

 

 

 

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:54 AM

In June 1916, the Colorado Guard mobilized for Mexican Border service. They were stationed on the border of Arizona, protecting the area from Pancho Villa and his army until returning home in February 1917.

 

War was declared against Germany on April 6, 1917, and by the beginning of August, nearly all units of the Colorado National Guard were mobilized for service in France. Colorado’s combat arms units provided replacements on the front lines as well as crucial artillery support in most of the major campaigns near the end of the war, including the Meuse Argonne campaign.

 

 

 

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:54 AM

>  Reuben served 2 yrs in the National Guard before being discharged.

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:56 AM

> Reuben is laying in front on ground in these pics.

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:57 AM

>  So, after being discharged from the Army, the U.S. Marine's decide to pick Reuben up for recruiting service.  I couldn't find anything other than the newspaper article proving that he was officially in the Marine Corps, but I believe he was.  Nothing about Marine Corp service on Fold3.  Maybe someone else has other sources available that I don't.

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:58 AM

>  As of 1941, Reuben was said to be the biggest Marine ever enlisted.

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:59 AM

>  I don’t believe Rueben Pratt ever married and the 1940 census shows that he is a Salesman – Advertising & Printing.

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