JOHN P. PRYOR, CAPT, USA

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Pryor '12

Date of birth: December 1889

Date of death: October 15, 1918

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

John Porter Pryor, "Jack," from Texas, is listed as "Unaccounted For."

Loss

John was lost on October 15, 1918 when he died of influenza while on the Western Front.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His name is included on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.

John also has a memorial in City Hall Park, El Paso, TX; it describes his loss as "died in service in France." His name is further inscribed at the St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove, California.

Distinguished Service Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) John Porter Pryor, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 2d Machine-Gun Battalion, 1st Division, A.E.F., during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, near Exermont, France, October 4 - 6, 1918. Attacked by Spanish influenza, Captain Pryor refused to leave his command for medical treatment because of the heavy casualties among the officers of the battalion to which his company was attached. Captain Pryor remained with his command, participating in the heavy fighting around Exermont and Hill 240, inspiring his men through his conspicuous bravery and indomitable will until he collapsed upon the field of battle, and was carried from the field, dying while en route to the hospital.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1923)
Service: Army
Battalion: 2d Machine-Gun Battalion
Division: 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Rank: Captain

Note his death date doesn't support the assertion of the last sentence of this medal.

Other

The official May 13, 1918 casualty list includes him as "wounded slightly" while in France.

A brief article in 1923 about John's father says that John was killed in battle. (He is also cited as John Porter Pryor, Jr.)

John was a member of the New Mexico Military Institute's class of 1912. In this reference he is listed as "John Porter Pryor II."


Class of 1912

John is one of 6 members of the Class of 1912 in Memorial Hall.