Memorial Day: Robert Michael Bates

I’ve written about Bobby Bates here before. He was the tall quiet kid down the block from me on Wayne Avenue in Suffern, New York. Two years older than me. Here is his page at The Wall.

He was killed in action on November 9, 1967 in Kontum, South Vietnam.

Bobby Bates is the person I think of on Memorial Day. I can still see a catch he made, over his shoulder, as a wide receiver on the Suffern High varsity. I think he would have made a good life for himself, raised a family. He would have been 63 this past March 11. He was 19 when he died.

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