Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr. Memorial Page
Dedicated to the lasting memory of one of  America's finest
and a fallen hero of Normandy



Born February 2 1917 in Georgia, United States of America

531st Engineer Shore Regiment, US Army.
Service No: 6930156.
Killed in Action June 25 1944,  UTAH Beach, Normandy, France.
Age 27.

Buried Section P, Site 1020-G.
Marietta National Cemetery,
500 Washington Avenue, Marietta,
Georgia 30060
USA

R.I.P.


Please click on any of the photographs or documents below for an enlarged view
  
       Young Joe 1920s.          Joe and wife Sarah Aline in 1942
                                               (Sarah went by the name of Aline) 

Joe and daughter Sharon 1943.

One of the last photographs of Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr..

Secret Unit Journal for 531st Engineer Shore Regiment
recording the death of Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr.
on June 25 1944.

The Telegram announcing the death of Sergeant Joseph Z.
Pritchett, Jr., received in Georgia, USA at
3.07pm, July 20 1944.

Letter from the War Department, to Joe's Widow, dated three days after she received the telegram with the tragic news of the death of her husband Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr.

Newspaper clipping 1944.

Lou Pritchett and memorial at the site of  temporary cemetery in
Ste Mere Eglise. The place where his brother Sergeant Joseph
Z. Pritchett, Jr. was buried before his repatriation to the USA.

First headstone at The First Baptist Church in Tucker, Georgia, USA
The resting place of Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr., 
when his body was first brought home in 1949.

The final resting place and gravestone, since 1992,
in Marietta National Cemetery.
Section P, Site 1020-P.

Plan of Marietta National Cemetery
500 Washington Avenue, Marietta, Georgia 30060 USA.

Letter to Sarah A. Pritchett, dated October 12 1944, from Colonel Eugene M. Caffey, announcing the dedication and naming of a road
in Normandy to her late husband.

The only known photograph of the original road
memorial marker for Pritchett Road taken in 1944.

Nephew Dr Bradly Pritchett, and Brother Lou Pritchett, of
Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr., at the memorial
markers on the D432, Pritchett Road, in
St-Martin-de-Varraville near Utah Beach,
Normandy, France in 1991.

Lou Pritchett at one of his brother's memorials on
Pritchett Road, in St-Martin-de-Varraville, on the 50th
Anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Name on bronze memorial plaque in Bunker below
1st Engineer Special Brigade Memorial on UTAH Beach.

Bunker entrance below 1st Engineer Special Brigade Memorial.


The second of the memorial markers on the D423,
Pritchett Road, taken on the 50th anniversary
of the Normandy landings in 1994.

Lou Pritchett and the Mayor of Caen, Normandy, France,
after receiving a posthumous medal for his brother
Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr. in June 1994. 

Display board to memorial road markers
and  Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr.,
put on display in the UTAH Beach Museum
in 2011 after its extensive refurbishment.

Pritchett Road marker memorial in St-Martin-de-Varraville
on the D423, in 1999.

Pritchett Road marker memorial in St-Martin-de-Varraville
on the D423 in 2010.
Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr. in 87th Engineers Battalion.

Page 1 of 531st Engineer Shore Regiment Report 1943.

Page 2 of 531st Engineer Shore Regiment Report 1943.

Page 3 of 531st Engineer Shore Regiment Report 1943.

Letter dated 31st July 1944, to Mrs Pritchett,
from the Veterans Service Office.

Report from War department, August 11 1944.

Newspaper clipping 1944.

Letter written on August 17 1944 from 2nd Lieutenant
John S. Hamilton, 531st Engineer Shore Regiment in reply to letter written on August 7, by Mrs Young on behalf of Joe's widow,
enquiring about the circumstances of his death.

Page 1 of a second letter, dated September 4 1944
to 2nd Lieutenant John S. Hamilton, from Mrs Young.

Page 2 of a second letter, dated September 4 1944
to 2nd Lieutenant John S. Hamilton, from Mrs Young.

Letter dated September 26 1944, to Sarah Pritchett, from
The War Department announcing the posthumous award of the
Purple Heart to Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr..

 
Memorial service booklet, dedicated to Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr.,
that took place on Monday, November 26 1944, in
his home town church in Tucker, Georgia, USA. 

Inside cover page of memorial service booklet.

Newspaper clipping from 50th Anniversary period in 1994.

Medal Entitlement for Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr..

Photographs in the building of the Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr. Chapter
of the American Legion in Tucker, Georgia.
The home town of  Sergeant Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr..

Newspaper clipping announcing the dedication of the Joseph Z. Pritchett, Jr. Chapter of the American Legion in Tucker, Georgia.

 
Pritchett Road marker memorial on the D423 IN 1999.

 
 
Pritchett Road marker memorial on the D423 in 2010.