SSG CHRISTY E. PATE KIA (Age 30) Staff Sergeant –
United States Army December 25, 1913 - September 22, 1944
Staff Sergeant Christy E. Pate was killed on the Italian front
on September 24, 1944 according to a telegram from the War
Department. Sgt Pate entered service in May, 1942. He trained
at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and later in California. He went
overseas in December, 1943 with the 332 Infantry Division in
Italy. He was assigned to Gen. Clark’s Fifth Army in Italy and
took part in much of the bitter fighting there.
PARENTS: Cleveland and Bertha Pate, 475 State Aid Road, Wood
FAMILY: Brother - Burt R. Pate, U.S. Navy, who
was on duty in the South Pacific Theater, Jack and Junior
Pate Sisters - Mrs. Ruby Browder and Alice Pate
Pate was born in Indiana and came to Wood River 16 years prior
with his parents who operated the Nu-Way Café on West
Ferguson. He attended Wood River Grade School and graduated
from EAWRCHS. Before entering the service, he was employed at
Shell Oil as a pipefitter.
On March 30, 1945, the
Bronze Star was awarded to his father at his home. The
Presentation was made by Capt. Donet C. Smith
SERVICES: A military escort met the funeral cortege from Wood
River at the city limits and escorted it to Lakeview Cemetery
in Johnston City, where his parents are buried.