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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 River

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

Sgt 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

FUNERAL 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.