Archive for Thursday, March 16, 2006

Glen Ardell Bates

March 16, 2006

Memorial services for Command Sgt. Maj. Glen Ardell Bates (retired, U.S. Army), 82, Lansing, were Monday, March 13, at Davis Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth. Inurnment with military honors followed at Leavenworth National Cemetery

Mr. Bates died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Administration Nursing Home, Leavenworth.

Mr. Bates was born Feb. 19, 1924, the son of Clifford and Anna Bates of Ames, Iowa.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 7, 1943, in Hayward, Calif.

During World War II, he served first in the Aleutian Islands and then later in the European theater. In 1950, he fought in the Korean Conflict, where he received life-threatening injuries and spent months recuperating. In 1961, he became the first sergeant of the 1st Guard Company of the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.

He served at the fort until 1967, at which time he received orders for a tour at Long Binh, Vietnam, from July 1967 to May 1968, receiving the Bronze Star.

After completion of his tour, he was assigned to the USA Retraining Brigade at Fort Riley, where he served before volunteering for a second tour of Vietnam at Da Nang from September 1970 to August 1971. He received the Bronze Star for this tour of duty.

After his return to the States, he again was assigned to Fort Riley, where he served until his retirement in February 1973, after having served his country proudly for 29 years and nine months.

He received the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster; a Good Conduct Medal with bronze clasps of eight loops; two overseas bars; and he received the Combat Infantry Man Award while in Europe and was a Master Parachutist.

He also was an Expert Rifleman, and other medals received were the Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Expeditionary Medal, the Army Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation.

After retiring from the service, he was employed by the Colgate-Palmolive Co., where he worked for 16 years before his retirement.

In his later years, he became involved in the hay business, where he spent many hot summer days supervising the bailing, and driving a hay truck.

Although he had no religious affiliation, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior.

On Oct. 4, 1947, he married Florence (Dottie) Pettenger in Columbus, Ga. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Richard A., Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Joyce Adkins and Debra Bates-Lamborn, both of Leavenworth; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Administration in the name of Glen A. Bates, sent in care of the funeral chapel, 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth 66048.

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