LEGION OF HONOR ICO NATHAN PRATT
Nathan Pratt, U S Marine, an advocate for Veterans and Youth, who has dedicated his life in serving his community, veterans, Young Marines, Toys for Tots, and fellowmen. He is an amazing person as evidenced through his unselfish commitment in providing care, comfort, guidance, and his time in helping others. He has given a 110 percent of himself and is often found volunteering his services for religious causes, Marine Corps League, his detachment, non-profit outreach ministries, and other worthwhile causes. His gift of passion and love for serving veterans and others shines through in all he does.
Nathaniel A. Pratt, a wounded Vietnam War Veteran, is very active in his community helping those in need. Wherever the need, Nathan can be found volunteering to brighten the lives of those in need of help, whether it be helping feed the homeless at a soup kitchen, volunteering at the annual Toys for Tots drive to collect and deliver toys to needy children. He is a member of the Vietnam War Commemoration Team of the Department of Defense that has honored and welcomed home over 1,800 Vietnam Veterans in his community.
Nathan is a three-term elected Commandant of the Col. Philip C. DeLong Detachment of the Marine Corps League and its current Adjutant. As the Commandant, Nathan, immersed himself in the responsibilities and duties required to lead a Detachment of over 200 Marine Corps League members. During his tenure he has coordinated numerous events that supported the local community. His efforts spearheaded an annual Golf Tournament, Remember Everyone Deployed (RED) campaign that has brought in thousands of dollars annually. He volunteers in paying final tribute to military veterans at Florida's National Cemetery at Bushnell. His dedication and commitment to honor the fallen, finds Nathan volunteering for the Detachment Honor Guard on numerous occasions.
At the Marine Corps League State level, Nathan is an elected district Vice Commandant and an instructor in the leadership school. As the District 5th Vice Commandant, he is responsible for visiting and assisting 4 Marine Corps League Detachments in the Department of Florida. In this capacity he travels frequently to attend meetings, provides training, and advice to ensure they are complying with current regulations. He uses his talents to help foster better leaders for the organization. As an Instructor for the Professional Development Program, he provides instructions to MCL members who attend the PDP Course at the Spring Conference, Department Convention, and at the Fall Conference. His efforts improve the professionalism and leadership to future officers in Detachments.
He epitomizes the values of The Chapel of the Four Chaplains, Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy Scouts of America, and his faith by spending countless hours and his own finances to support his efforts to serve others. Nathan is a giving person and continues to donate finances to countless other worthwhile charities - too many to mention. Nathan volunteers around 1,000 hours annually, drives more than 2,000 miles annually and uses his own funds to help veteran’s, youth, and other worthwhile organizations in his community. Nathan is a leader and a professional who sets the example for all others to follow. His unwavering commitment is evidenced by his attendance at all Department and Pack events. Nathan is a Poster Marine for the Marine Corps League.
Nathan is the go-to guy when members need answers. As one who has come to know this cheerful and warm- hearted gentleman, I, Lou Calleja, take great pleasure in nominating Nathan Pratt for the Legion of Honor award of the Chapel of Four Chaplains.
LEGION OF HONOR ICO NATHAN PRATT Nathan Pratt’s dedication and commitment in taking care of Veterans, local ministries, and today’s youth is his mission. His commitment to serve his country, community and all veterans’ goes above and beyond what is expected. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of self-sacrifice and is worthy of the Legion of Honor Award.
Submitted By: Lou Calleja
Lou Calleja Recipient of the The Legion of Honor 2009 Humanitarian Award 2019 Bronze Medallion 2020
Also in attendance was Bob Beale...
and Jim Mullin