General Carlos Prats Gonzalez 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. He was killed with a car bomb in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1974.
He was born in Talcahuano on 1915, the oldest son of Carlos Prats Risopatron and Hilda Gonzalez Suarez. He joined the Army in 1931, and graduated top of his class. In 1935, he was commissioned as an artillery officer. Three years later he became a Sub Lieutenant. Soon he returned to the Military Academy, this time as a teacher. He taught there and at the War Academy until 1954. In 1944, he married Sofia Cuthbert Chiarleoni, with whom he had three daughters.
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 .
Dictan nueva orden de detencion en caso Prats
Chilean agent convicted over Prats' killing (in Spanish)
The Carlos Prats Assassination
Human rights report on the case
Non-official account of murder
Chilean agent convicted over Prats' killing
Letter from Allende thanking him after his resignation
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