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Horace [ Pete ] BRATCHER
Sergeant | USMC Saigon, RVN 1965-66 Canberra, Australia 1966-67 Deceased: 17 Feb 1974 – St Petersburg, Florida
Pete’s 1st posting as an MSG was to Saigon where he served at the residence of Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge as a Personal Body Guard. His next tour was to Canberra, Australia where he met his future wife.
Pete left Active duty in 1968 and returned to St. Petersburg Florida where he married the former Margaret Eileen Patrick of the London and Canberra embassies on 15 Mar 1968.
After securing a private pilots license in the US and Australia and taking his degree in Education at the University of South Florida in 1972, Pete started his career in real estate sales and land development. He continued until his life was tragically cut short at the age of 28 years after a long fight with cancer.
He was survived by his wife Margaret as well as a brother and a sister.