Renowned Oklahoma artist and El Reno native Harvey Pratt, whose art has comforted art lovers and crime victims, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on Oct. 26. The ceremony and banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception.
A member of the Southern Cheyenne Tribe, Pratt will be one of 11 Oklahomans to be inducted during a banquet and ceremonies at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman.
The Military Hall of Fame also will memorialize the USS Oklahoma and the 429 Sailors and Marines who died during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The ship capsized during the attack.
Pratt will receive the Maj. Gen. Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award. It is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary public/community service benefiting quality of life for military veterans, promoting patriotism and developing/implementing innovation ideas and activities which bring support, awareness and understanding to our veterans of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
A PFC, Pratt served three years in the Marines, his last tour in Vietnam where he served in Air Rescue and Air Base Security at Da Nang Air Base.
When he came home, Pratt began working for the Midwest City Police Department. He drew descriptions of homicide suspects. His first description drawing of a homicide suspect resulted in an arrest and conviction.
Pratt joined the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in 1992. During his career, he completed thousands of witness description drawings, which helped in thousands of arrests and in hundreds of identifications of unidentified bodies.
Pratt currently is employed as a forensic artist for the OSBI, pioneering techniques used in law enforcement across the United States.
An accomplished Native American artist, he’s won numerous awards, including a first place at the annual Red Earth Festival.
Last year, Pratt's design was selected as the National Native American Veterans Memorial to be built on the Mall in Washington, D.C. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Memorial was held Sept. 20. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on Veterans Day 2020.