Carlos Prats

Chilean Politician and General
Born Feb 24, 1915

General Carlos Prats González was a Chilean Army officer, a political figure, minister and Vice President of Chile during President Salvador Allende's government, and General Augusto Pinochet's predecessor as commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army. In voluntary Argentinian exile immediately after Pinochet's September 11, 1973 coup, he was killed with a car bomb in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1974, by the DINA.… Read More

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1915 Birth He was born in Talcahuano in 1915, the oldest son of Carlos Prats Risopatrón and Hilda González Suárez.


1931 16 Years Old He joined the Army in 1931, and graduated top of his class.


1935 20 Years Old In 1935, he was commissioned as an artillery officer. … Read More
1944 29 Years Old In 1944, he married Sofia Cuthbert Chiarleoni, with whom he had three daughters.


1954 39 Years Old In 1954, he was promoted to Major, and sent to military mission in the US, as adjunt military attaché, until 1958. … Read More


1961 46 Years Old In 1961, he became commander of the Artillery Regiment Nº3 “Chorrillos”, and in 1963, became commander of the Regiment Nº1 “Tacna”.
1964 49 Years Old In 1964 he was promoted to Colonel and sent as military attaché to Argentina.


1967 52 Years Old He returned to Chile in 1967 as commander of the III Army Division. In 1968 is promoted to Brigade General and Chief of the General Staff. The following year is promoted to Division General, and after a brilliant career, was named Commander-in-chief on October 26, 1970, by President Eduardo Frei Montalva, following the assassination of his predecessor, General René Schneider a few days earlier, on October 22. … Read More
1972 57 Years Old General Prats became the head of the "constitutionalists", all members of the armed forces who lined themselves behind the Schneider Doctrine. With time, he became the strongest supporter of President Allende, and was a member of his cabinet several times, even becoming his vice-President in 1972 (Chilean Constitutional custom does not have a standing vice-presidential office; rather, the sitting Minister of the Interior, as the senior cabinet minister, is temporarily designated "vice president" only during the President's absence during formal State visits abroad). … Read More
On June 29, 1973, he was the key player in putting down a minor coup attempt known as the Tanquetazo. … Read More
1974 59 Years Old On September 30, 1974, in Buenos Aires, Prats and his wife Sofia were killed, outside of their own apartment, by a radio-controlled car bomb, throwing debris up to the ninth story balcony of the building across the street. … Read More


1974 60 Years Old Died on September 30, 1974.
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